Srinagar: For the first time in 20 years,
police have recovered two solar-activated missiles, capable of
hitting their target within four kilometers, in Kupwara
district, police said on Thursday.
The recovery was made on Tuesday near Lolab, 120 kms from
here, where the missiles were fitted on a tree in the forest
to target a nearby security installation, a police spokesman
He said it is for the first time in 20 years that solar
missiles have been recovered in the valley.
The weapon weighs about 4 kg, which is even lighter than
an AK 47 rifle, and is about four feet in length, he said.
Terming the solar-activated missile as a highly
sophisticated weapon, the spokesman said militants can plant
it, fix the range of the target and flee from the spot.
"The missile gets activated by sunlight to hit the
target. It is four feet long and can hit the target within 3
to 4 km radius," he said.
He said the missiles recovered bear imprints in Chinese
and Russian languages, suggesting the countries of their
Police suspect Lashkar-e-Taiba militants led by their
Commander Abdullah Uni had fitted these missiles in the area,
he said, adding investigations are on.