New Delhi: Most of 250 terrorists belonging to three Pakistan-based terror groups are active in the Kashmir Valley, have infiltrated India and trying to target security forces to avenge the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
Quoting intelligence inputs, top government sources said that of the 250 terrorists belonging mostly to Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen, had infiltrated before the surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.
The terrorists were given clear instructions by their handlers across the border to target security forces in Kashmir valley to avenge the surgical strikes, sources said.
The central government has alerted security forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir to maintain maximum level of alertness and take all precaution to foil any attempt by the militants to target them.
There were intelligence reports that terrorists were planning to infiltrate India from various directions in Kashmir as well as Jammu region.
Sources said Lashkar-e-Taiba suffered the maximum damage in the cross-LoC surgical strikes on terror launch pads carried out by Indian Army with assessment reports of radio intercepts indicating that around 20 of its militants were killed.