J&K: Cross-border tunnel found in Samba, may have been used by Nagrota militants


Through: Express press service | Jammu |

Updated: Nov 22, 2020 7:02:59 PM

Security forces walked through the tunnel while cleaning up wild growth in areas along the international border.

In another indication of Pakistan’s involvement in aid and instigation of terror in Jammu and Kashmir, sources from the security forces said on Sunday that a cross-border tunnel was detected in Samba district. .

The tunnel, approximately 5ft x 5ft in diameter, is believed to have been used by four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants killed by police and security forces at Ban Toll Plaza near Nagrota along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway Thursday morning.

Although details are awaited, sources said the tunnel had an exit into soil overgrown with wild growth nearly 150 meters inside the Indian side, in the Regal region.

Security forces walked through the tunnel while cleaning up the wild growth in areas along the international border, following reports that the slain militants entered Union territory after crossing the border somewhere in the Samba sector.

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A huge cache of weapons and ammunition, including 11 AK assault rifles, three pistols, 29 grenades and six UBGL grenades, were recovered from the possession of the slain terrorists, who police said had come to execute a “grand plan ”to disrupt the District Development Council polls in Jammu and Kashmir, which will take place in eight phases from November 28.

India had Saturday summoned the charge d’affaires of the Pakistan high commission and lodged a strong protest against the attempted attack. He also demanded that Islamabad “renounce its policy of supporting terrorists and terrorist groups operating from its territory,” the MEA said in a statement.

“The huge cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives indicates detailed planning for a major attack aimed at destabilizing peace and security in J&K UT, in particular, to derail the democratic exercise in course in the conduct of local SDC elections. The MEA summoned Pakistan Cd’A and a strong protest was filed against the attempted attack, which was only prevented by the vigilance of Indian security forces, ”the Foreign Ministry said.

In a statement, Pakistan’s foreign ministry dismissed the charge and “expressed the hope that India will refrain from making any miscalculation.” Shortly after India lodged a protest, Pakistan also summoned the charge d’affaires of the Indian high commission.

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