Nearly 250 terrorists belonging to three Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen are active in the Kashmir Valley, as per sources within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Quoting intelligence inputs, top government sources said, that these terrorists are trying to target security forces to “avenge” the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army
The terrorists were given clear instructions by their handlers across the border to target security forces in Kashmir Valley to “avenge” the surgical strikes, sources said.
Already, the security forces have been put to maximum alert to foil the attempt of militants to target them.
The attempt by Jihadi outfits to infiltrate in such a large amount is seen as a calculated attempt by them to cross into India before the beginning of winter. The arrival of winter will leave no room for infiltration.
As per a recent MHA report, nearly 56 cross-border jihadis entered into the Kashmir Valley in the first six months of 2016. Out of them, nearly 30 terrorists had been neutralised by the security forces.
A recent report suggested that the cross-border surgical strikes carried out by India caused maximum damage to extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). It said around 20 terrorists affiliated to LeT were neutralised by Indian para commandos.
Beside fuelling insurgency in Kashmir during the 90s and being actively involved in the exodus of Pandits, the extremist group have also been involved in various terrorist inside India.