Gurdaspur: Even as a Pakistani woman was shot dead by BSF personnel along the International Border in the Dera Baba Nanak Sector when she trespassed into Indian territory, the Army has recovered arms and IEDs from the forest area near Akhnoor border, official said on Thursday.
A Border Security Force (BSF) patrol team detected suspicious movement along the barbed wire fence at the border outpost in Ghania Ke last night, the official said.
The woman, who is yet to be identified, was shot dead when she ignored their warning to surrender and kept moving towards them, he said.
The Pakistani Rangers refused to accept the body of the woman, the official said, adding that it was later handed over to Dera Baba Nanak police station for last rites.
Meanwhile, the Army has recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and mines in the forested area of Akhnoor border belt in Jammu district, foiling a potential terror strike, a defence official said.
The combing operation is still on, he added.
According to the spokesman, suspicious movement close to an Army Unit location near the Akhnoor Market was observed by jawans last night leading to the security forces cordoning off the area.
“A search operation was conducted and during the area sanitisation process, the security forces utilising a dog squad had recovered one fully installed IED, two mines, army accoutrements and other incriminating items till now,” he said.
The spokesmen also commended the alertness and vigilance of Army personnel at Akhnoor for helping avert what he said could have been a major terrorist strike on sensitive and soft targets in Akhnoor.
Combing operation with police are in progress, he said, adding that security had been beefed up in and around establishments of security forces in Jammu, particularly the Akhnoor border belt.
Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre, is currently on a two-day visit of Jammu region and had asked the troops to maintain a high degree of alertness along the LoC in the state.
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