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Surgical Strike: Indian Army Inflicted Most Damage On Lashkar-e-Taiba

Based on assessment reports of radio intercepts available from Indian army field units of conversations between various Pakistani formations it emerges that terror outfit LLashkare-Taiba (LeT) suffered the maximum damage in the cross-LoC surgical strikes on terror launch pads and that around 20 of its militants were killed.

According to sources in the know of details of the recent surgical strikes, the maximum damage was inflicted on LeT, a banned terror group, at Dudniyal launch pad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, opposite to Kupwara sector of North Kashmir. The group has been co-founded by Hafiz Saeed who has also been charged with master-minding the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Sources said that five teams culled out from the army division in the area were tasked to destroy launch pads of terror groups located at Kail also known as Kel and Dudniyal.

In a well-calibrated operation, which started on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, Indian army moved across the LoC and smashed four launch pads that were under the guard of a Pakistani post located 700 metres from the LoC. Sources said the terrorists were not expecting an action by the Indian army and therefore were taken by surprise. The terrorists, mainly belonging to the LeT, were seen running towards the Pakistani post when they were killed by the Indian troops, according to the assessment reports.

After the successful strike inside the PoK, an effective radio monitoring and strict vigil was maintained, the sources said, adding the wireless messages from radio intercepts of Pakistani army indicated that at least 10 LeT terrorists had been killed during the multiple and near synchronised surgical strikes on four launch pads. There was heavy movement of Pakistani army vehicles till the break of dawn and all the bodies were cleared off and taken away, the sources said, adding as per the radio intercepts there was a mass burial in the Neelum valley.

Similar blow was dealt to the terrorist launch pads located at Balnoi area opposite of Poonch in which nine people belonging to LeT were killed as per the radio intercepts of Pakistani army, the sources said. Two Pakistani soldiers belonging to 8 Northern Light Infantry were also killed in the strike in this sector, they said. However, the sources said that post 8.30 am of September 28, radio and wireless intercepts between various formations of Pakistan have fallen silent.

According to the sources, there were intelligence reports that terrorists were planning to enter into India from various directions in Kashmir as well as Jammu region. The sources said that the army waited for the opportunity when the terrorists were in the process of gathering at one place before giving them a bloody nose. A senior Pakistani police officer Ghulam Akbar, who is SP Mirpur has already confirmed the death of Lashkaris during the course of an undercover phone conversation with a 24×7 news channel.

When Army killed eight Pakistanis in 2011 strike: A deadly surgical strike by the Indian Army in Pakistani territory in 2011 left at least eight Pakistani soldiers dead, with three of them decapitated, a report published on Sunday said. Details regarding the tit-for-tat attack that took place in the summer of 2011 have come out amid heightened India-Pakistan tensions marked by an Indian surgical strike on September 29. Indian troops launched the covert operation on August 30, 2011. About 25 soldiers, mainly Para Commandos, crossed the LoC stealthily. They planted claymore mines around the strike area. Four Pakistani soldiers, led by a Junior Commissioned Officer, walked into the ambush.

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