Paks BAT attack in J&K: 2 Indian soldiers & one attacker

Posted June 23, 2017

Two Army soldiers and an "intruder" were on Thursday killed when a Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) attacked a patrol team along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

"A terrorist was killed in the Keran sector of the Line of Control in Kupwara district where the Army foiled the infiltration bid", Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia informed the media.

The Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces of the Pakistan Army and some terrorists, carried out the attack at around 2 pm with the aid of cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts, he said.

This was the third time the Border Action Team had struck in Poonch this year.

While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing.

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Two jawans were, however, killed in the exchange of fire. Army sources said the attackers lay in wait for a long time for the patrol team while Pakistani troops tried divert attention by firing rockets and mortars on forward posts. According to news agency PTI, two soldiers were martyred in the attack by Pakistan's BAT. "They were 200 meters from the army post when the exchange of fire started", he said.

He said there were at least two intruders, one of whom has been killed.

On May 1, an Indian soldier and a BSF trooper were killed and their bodies mutilated near the LoC, in Jammu and Kashmir, in an action which the Indian Army said was carried out by a Pakistani BAT team inside Indian territory.

The operation is still going on and exchange of fire is on.