Indian Army fends Pak border offensive

Srinagar, Oct 2 : The Indian Army has been engaged in fending off a group of 35 to 40 militants for nine days in what is being called the biggest border infiltration bid in recent years, backed by the Pakistan military, media reports said Wednesday.

A "determined and well-entrenched" group of militants with the suspected support of Pakistan Army's Border Action Team (BAT) special troops is locked in battle with Indian forces in the Keran sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Additional forces, helicopters and drones have been pressed into action by the Indian Army that said it has killed around 15 of the intruders since making first contact on Sept 24.

At least five Indian soldiers have also been wounded in the fighting that broke out even as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York and spoke of seeking a "new beginning" in ties with India.

Both the leaders also discussed measures to reduce tensions along the 778-km-long Line of Control (LoC) following as many as 150 ceasefire violations by Pakistan being recorded by the Indian Army since January, 2013.

With the fresh outbreak of fighting, the Indian Army said the intruders have so far exhibited "an unusual resolve" to stand their ground and not, as is the norm, scurry back across the LoC after being intercepted.

However the Army denied reports that three to four Indian posts along the LoC had been "occupied" by Pakistan for the first time since the 1999 Kargil war.

--IBNS (Posted on 03-10-2013)

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