BSF man killed in LoC firing, infiltration bid along IB foiled
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Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2010, 20:49
Jammu: A BSF jawan was killed in firing from across the border today as security forces foiled two separate infiltration bids in Jammu region.

There was a heavy cross-border firing from the Pakistan side on Sabzain Forward Defence Location along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district around 1130 hours today, a senior army official said.

Indian troops retaliated resulting in exchange of fire for half-an-hour during which sepoy Shurvir Singh was killed. This was the fifth infiltration bid in a week.

There were also reports of firing of two rockets on the forward post in the same area at 1135 and 1145 hours.

Earlier, militants triggered a blast to cut into the border fencing in Akhnoor sector of Jammu in the wee hours but BSF troops foiled their attempt after a fierce gunfight.

Taking advantage of the dense fog in the area, a group of militants triggered the blast near the border fencing in Alfa Machel border outpost in Akhnoor, 35 km from here, a senior BSF official said.

The gunfight continued for over an hour follwoing which the militants fled.

As the fence has been cut, a major search operation has been launched in the area to find out whether any militant has managed to sneak in.

The first infiltration bid this year was foiled by BSF at Narianpur Border outpost in Ramgarh sub-sector of Samba district on January 4. There was another bid along the LoC in Balakote area of Poonch on January 8. A BSF patrolling party foiled a bid in the forward area of Garkhal in Pargwal belt of Akhnoor yesterday.


First Published: Monday, January 11, 2010, 20:49

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