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Uri operation called off after 9 days: Pakistani militant captured, another killed, says Indian army

A 19-year-old Pakistani intruder alleged belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba was captured alive during an anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control on Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which one ultra was killed and five Indian soldiers sustained injuries, the Indian Army said on Tuesday.

The operation was launched on September 18 after the Army noticed suspicious movement along the LoC, GoC 19 Infantry Division, Major General Virender Vats told reporters at a briefing in Baramulla district. He said an encounter took place when the infiltrators — believed to be six — were challenged.

While four of them were on the other side of the fence, two had come on our side of the territory. “The four militants, who were on the other side, took advantage of the dense foliage and retreated. The remaining two sneaked in,” he said.

The apprehended infiltrator has given his identity as 19-year-old Ali Babar Parra, resident of Okara district in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

“He has admitted to being a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba and was trained in Muzaffarabad,” he added.

He has revealed that he was trained for three weeks at Khyber camp, Ghadiwala in Muzaffarabad in 2019, the officer said.

The Army official said the infiltration attempt was made along the Salamabad Nala, which was the same route used for the 2016 suicide attack on the Uri garrison.

“The infiltrating column was supported by the Pakistani side with three porters bringing supplies till the LoC,” he said.

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