India’s paramilitary Border Security Force foiled an attempt for Pakistani militants to cross into India on Tuesday at a border outpost in the Akhnoor sector of Indian Kashmir.
Paramilitary forces and Pakistani rangers exchanged heavy fire after Pakistani rangers fired at Indian forces.
[A.K. Surrolia, Inspector General, Border Security Force, India]:
“The movement of militants was seen near the post. When they were challenged they started firing on us and also used area weapons. For that firing, we also retaliated and the infiltration bid was successfully foiled. The firing continued on 3 to 4 posts in a large area and they even fired RPGs on us.”
Reportedly, this was the 10th infiltration attempt during this month.
The infiltration attempt comes despite a ceasefire agreement between the two armies and a 10-foot high barbed wire security fence along most of the Line of Control and the international border.
India accuses Pakistani troops of cross-border firing to help militants cross over to the Indian side to launch attacks.