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Indian border guards claim unearthing of tunnel allegedly used by Kashmir insurgents

India’s border guards on Saturday claimed to have found a tunnel along the international border in Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir.  

The border guards called the Border Security Force claimed that the secret tunnel was used by pro-freedom Kashmiri insurgents to move into the disputed region to fight Indian government forces.  

A spokesperson of the border guarding force said the tunnel was detected during an anti-tunnelling operation in the border outpost in Pansar area of Hiranagar sector. 

“The tunnel is about 150 metres long and 30 feet deep with about three feet diameter,” he said.  

India had claimed that it shot down a Pakistani Hexacopter carrying loads of weapons and ammunition in June 2020 in the same area besides foiling an infiltration bid by pro-freedom insurgents in November 2019. 

This is the second time in 10 days that the BSF in Hiranagar sector have claimed to find such tunnels and fourth in the past six months along the International Border in Samba and Kathua districts and 10th in the past decade. 

On January 13, the BSF claimed a 150-metre-long tunnel was detected in Bobiyaan village in the same sector. 

The spokesperson said the latest tunnel was unearthed on a specific intelligence input in the early hours of the day during the anti-tunnelling drive.

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