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Amarnath Yatra on terror radar! Cross-border tunnel used by Pakistani suicide bombers unearthed in Samba

BSF said that with the detection of the tunnel, BSF Jammu has foiled the nefarious designs of Pakistan-based terrorists to disrupt upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

Abhinav Ranjan Edited by: Abhinav Ranjan Srinagar Updated on: May 05, 2022 16:38 IST
Special Operations Group (SOG)and CRPF personnel at an
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Special Operations Group (SOG)and CRPF personnel at an anti-tunnelling operation after an underground tunnel was detected near Chak Faquira border outpost along the international border in Samba.

Highlights

  • BSF said that the tunnel was believed to have been used by JeM suicide bombers to sneak into India
  • BSF said it has foiled nefarious designs of Pakistani terrorists to disrupt Amarnath Yatra
  • This is the 5th tunnel detected in less than 1.5 years

An underground tunnel was detected by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the BSF, the tunnel was believed to have been used by two suicide bombers of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group to sneak into India.

BSF said that with the detection of the tunnel, BSF Jammu has foiled the nefarious designs of Pakistan-based terrorists to disrupt the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. After the suspension for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Amarnath Yatra is set to commence on June 30 and will conclude on August 11.

Jammu: Special Operations Group (SOG) and CRPF personnel at a search operation after an underground tunnel, believed to have been used by two suicide bombers of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group to sneak into India, was detected near Chak Faquira border outpost along the international border, in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir - India Tv

Jammu: Special Operations Group (SOG) and CRPF personnel at a search operation after an underground tunnel, believed to have been used by two suicide bombers of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group to sneak into India, was detected near Chak Faquira border outpost along the international border, in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir

Samba: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at an anti-tunnelling operation after an underground tunnel was detected near the Indo-Pak international border in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir - India Tv

Samba: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at an anti-tunnelling operation after an underground tunnel was detected near the Indo-Pak international border in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir

Samba: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel stand near a suspected underground tunnel which was detected near the Indo-Pak international border in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir - India Tv

Samba: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel stand near a suspected underground tunnel which was detected near the Indo-Pak international border in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir

"21 sandbags recovered which were used to strengthen the exit of the tunnel. This is the 5th tunnel detected in less than 1.5 years," it said in a statement.

The detection of the cross-border tunnel comes nearly a fortnight after security forces gunned down both the suicide bombers in a gunfight shortly after they attacked a CISF bus killing an Assistant Sub-inspector in Sunjwan area of Jammu on April 22.

This was the first such structure unearthed by the BSF beneath the International Border in the past 16 months, taking the overall number to 11 in the past decade. Last year, the force had detected two tunnels in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district in January.

“Today, alert troops of @bsf_jammu detected a #tunnel along Samba International Border area, thwarting the nefarious designs of #Pakistan,” tweeted BSF Jammu - the official handle of BSF Jammu frontier tonight.

The tunnel was detected by the troops during the ongoing anti-tunnelling drive in the border outpost area of Chak Faquira around 5.30 pm.

“A newly dug tunnel at a distance of 150 metres from the IB and 50 metres from the border fence was detected opposite Pakistani post Chaman Khurd (Fiaz) which is 900 metres from the Indian side,” an official said.

He said the opening of the tunnel is about 300 metres from the border outpost Chak Faquira and 700 metres from the last Indian village.

BSF is manning about 192 km of IB and Line of Control (LoC) alongside the Army and is keeping a tight vigil to scuttle any attempt of infiltration of terrorists, smuggling of weapons and narcotics and drone activity from across the border.

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