Srinagar, Sept 16: Two terrorists were gunned down on Saturday as the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid in Machil sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. As per the latest reports, a huge stash of arms has been recovered and the search operation is currently underway in the region. Identities of the neautralised terrorists have not been ascertained as of now.

“Two terrorists have been killed. Alert troops of the Army foiled the infiltration bid. Weapons and warlike stores have been recovered from the slain terrorists,” Defence Ministry sources were quoted as saying by IANS.

The infiltration bid comes in the midst of a series of ceasefire violation cases by Pakistan Army. Earlier on Saturday, the Pakistani security forces had violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia Sector. The firing and heavy shelling by the Pakistani troops started at midnight and continued till 6:45 a.m. No casualty has been reported as of yet.

In a similar case on Friday, a BSF jawan was martyred and a civilian was injured as Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty at forward point along the fence in Arnia sector along the IB when Pakistani Rangers resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire at about 12.20 AM. A civilian named Ajay Kumar, 37, of Pawal Arnia, received a bullet injury on his right leg outside his house and was shifted to Arnia Hospital.

Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till August 1, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.

(Inputs from Agencies)