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Srinagar: Army Monday said it foiled an infiltration bid and killed three unidentified militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu region.

“In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation since May 28, alert troops of Indian Army eliminated an infiltration bid along Line of Control in Naushera Sector. Three heavily-armed Pakistan-trained terrorists have been killed. Search operation in the area is in progress,” the Army said in a statement.

A Deccan Herald report quoting sources said a group of militants sneaked into this side of the LoC last week and were later spotted by the Army.

“A massive search operation was launched by the Army to track down the hiding militants. There is a possibility of more militants hiding in the area,” the report quoted sources saying.

Lt Gen B S Raju, General-Officer-Commanding (GOC) of strategically located 15 Corps in Srinagar, as per the report, anticipates an increase in infiltration attempts from across the border this summer to replenish the diminishing militant cadres in J&K.

“The back of terrorism has been virtually broken and that Pakistan is unable to digest that Kashmiris are experiencing peace and an improved law and order situation. I anticipate more and more attempts to replenish the depleting cadres, as the window for infiltration is also restricted to the summer season only,” he said.

The general said there have been several ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army to support the infiltrating militant groups, but added such designs have been frustrated as “our befitting response to ceasefire violations has been swift, hard and punitive.”

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