Ten Pakistani terrorists who sneaked into Gujarat on March 6 have been traced and three of them have been killed by security forces, television channels quoted government sources as saying on Tuesday.
The government had rushed National Security Guard commandos to Gujarat on March 6 after intelligence reports said militants had sneaked into the state from Pakistan.
The inputs came after a Border Security Force patrolling team recovered an abandoned boat – allegedly from Pakistan — off Koteshwar coast in Kutch.
Pakistani national security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua had shared the intelligence inputs with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval.
On Tuesday, the television reports said the government sources did not reveal any details on the whereabouts as it could jeopardise the operation to hunt them down.
Gujarat’s long coastline renders it vulnerable to infiltration from the sea route – the land border with Pakistan is fenced. The terror alert brings back memories of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, where 10 extremists reached India’s financial capital on a boat from Pakistan and launched strikes that killed 166 people.
The terrorists are reportedly members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba or LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM.
Pakistan’s disclosure about the men is seen as an attempt to prove it is genuine in its offer to prevent India from attacks planned across the border. In January, seven military personnel were killed in a deadly assault by Pakistani terrorists at the air force base in Pathankot in Punjab, where military high-value assets including fighter jets are stationed.
India has agreed to a visit by Pakistani investigators assigned to examine the evidence at the air force base by Pakistani Prime Minister Nazwaz Sharif.
Source: Defense News