New Delhi: At least five infiltrators were on Saturday shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) troops along the India-Pakistan border at Dal border outpost in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. The search operation is currently underway. Also Read - Govt to Completely Remove Border Forces From Election Duties to Protect Frontiers With China, Pakistan

Officials said the incident took place in the early hours, when BSF personnel spotted some movement across the fence in Tarn Taran district. Also Read - Jammu: Hidden Tunnel, 8-10 Sandbags With 'Pakistani Markings' Detected by BSF; Search Operation Underway

“Alert troops of 103 battalion of BSF noticed suspicious movement of intruders violating International Border along Tarn Taran, Punjab.Upon being challenged to stop,intruders fired upon BSF troops who retaliated in self-defence. Resultantly,5 intruders were shot. Search ops on,” the BSF said in a statement. Also Read - BSF Shoots Down Arms-Laden Pakistani Drone in Jammu And Kashmir's Kathua, Weapons Recovered

One AK 47 and two pistols were recovered during search operation.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained.

Notably, this is the highest number of intruders killed in a single incident along the over 3,300 km-long border with Pakistan in more than a decade, officials told news agency PTI.