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Keran sector of J&K, the Indian Army foils a BAT attack; kills an infiltrator

The terrorist identified as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national was eliminated by forces stationed along the Line of Control

Keran sector of J&K, the Indian Army foils a BAT attack; kills an infiltrator
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According to the Army, a BAT attempt was prevented on Saturday in the Keran area, where a "intruder" attempting to get into the Indian side was killed. Major General Abhijit Pendharkar, the General Officer Commanding of the 28th Division, told a press conference in Kupwara district that a "complete breach of ceasefire agreement" was noticed yesterday at 3 p.m. when an infiltrator dressed in a "Pathan suit" and a black jacket attempted to enter this side.

On January 1, an infiltration bid or BAT action was undertaken in the Keran sector of Kupwara district, in complete violation of the current Ceasefire Understanding between the two armies across the Line of Control.

The plot was disrupted and the terrorist, later identified as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national carrying weapons, ammunition, and warlike supplies, was eliminated by forces stationed along the Line of Control.

The event site is on the Pakistani side of the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System, which the Indian Army keeps under surveillance to effectively thwart any nefarious activity by infiltrators or the Pakistan Army.

At roughly 1500 hours on January 22, a one-armed intruder dressed in a Pathani suit and a black jacket was discovered travelling from regions under the control of the Pakistan Army across the Line of Control, in complete violation of the Ceasefire Agreement reached between the DGMOs. Ambushes were set up along possible intruder routes, and the intruder's movements were tracked until 1600 hours.

The ambush was timed well, and the infiltrator was caught off guard. The murdered infiltrator's body was discovered, along with one AK 47 rifle.

Surveillance of the area is underway, denying any attempts to take advantage of the adverse weather conditions in the area, and the operation is still ongoing. The terrorist's route was similar to the one taken on April 20 during Operation Rangadori Bhaikh, in which five terrorists were killed.

A search of his baggage uncovered a Pakistani national identity card and vaccination certificates identifying him as Mohd Shabir Malik (issued by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination, Government of Pakistan). A photo of the infiltrator in an Army uniform with a Shabbir name tab is also among the things.

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