Published On: Sun, Oct 16th, 2016

Uri terrorists used ladder to scale LoC

Srinagar: The four Pakistani terrorists, who killed 19 soldiers in one of the the bloodiest attacks on an army camp in Uri last month, had used a ladder to scale the electrified fence at the LoC. Investigation carried out by the Army to identify the infiltration route of the four terrorists led to the conclusion that a ladder was used near Salamabad nallah, official sources said.

The Army officials said that one of the four, who mounted the brazen attack in Uri, had infiltrated using the gaps along the fence near Salamabad nallah and erected a ladder on the Indian side of the fence, while the other three had a ladder on their side. The two ladders were connected like a pedestrian bridge.

The sources said it was difficult for all the four to infiltrate through the gap used by the first terrorist as each one of them was carrying heavy rucksacks filled with ammunition, weapons and eatables. The same route was not taken by the other three as it would have taken a lot of time, and there was a danger of being killed by the Army that routine patrols that area.

After the four infiltrated into India, the ladder, carried by the first terrorist, was handed over back to the two guides — Mohd Kabir Awan and Basharat– who accompanied them up to the LoC, sources said, adding it was done to ensure there were no tell-tale signs.

The army is conducting an enquiry at Gohallan and adjoining village Jablah as they suspect the terrorists might have taken shelter there for a day before launching the deadly attack on September 18.

The first incident of terrorists using ladders to cross the fence was reported in Machil sector of North Kashmir earlier this year.

The investigators also said the four terrorists might have sneaked in from PoK on the intervening night of September 16/17 and stayed at village Sukhdar, overlooking the Brigade headquarter.

Sukhdar village is located at a vantage point allowing an unhindered view of the army base and movement of personnel inside it.
News 24 Bureau