In a report that should worry and send security forces in a state of tizzy, it has emerged that terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir are shifting their modus operandi of targeting security forces and their establishments. It has come to fore that LeT and JeM militants are now using steel bullets that can pierced bulletproof jackets and vehicles of troopers.
CRPF officers said that these bullets can cause heavy damage to security forces, Army and police patrolling parties and their camps.
It was also made public that the three militants who carried out suicide attack at a CRPF camp in Lethpora of Pulwama district on December 31 had used such bullets that pierced the body armour of the jawans. In the attack, three militants and five CRPF soldiers were killed.
On December 31 night, three militants of which two were from Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) had attacked a CRPF training centre, triggering fierce fighting that lasted nearly 36 hours.
The bullets that were recovered from the site were sent for forensic test and it was found that they were of different in nature. All soldiers who died in the attack were wearing bulletproof jackets but these bullets pierced the body shields of jawans resulting into casualties.
The hardened of steel bullets are very high compared to the regular ones. Such bullets are pointed and their mass and material density are so high that originality in terms of shape and size are retained with maximum energy while striking the target.
The use of such bullets by terrorists in the border state have set alarm bells ringing once again at a time when the government has given security forces an upper hand in dealing with anti-national forces.