Army foils infiltration bid in Poonch

An army spokesman here told IANS that troops noticed a group of about five armed militants trying to cross over into the Indian side through Banwat sector, about 250 km north of Jammu, in Poonch district around 1 a.m.

"The troops challenged them but when they kept advancing, fire was opened to stop them," the spokesman said. The infiltrators returned to the Pakistani side.

The army has thrown a strong cordon along the LOC to conduct extensive search operations to rule out possibility of any militant being able to sneak in.

The army has stepped up vigil all a long the LOC to prevent infiltration bids which tend to increase ahead of the winter when snow renders the area inaccessible.

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