Attack has stamp of special Pak unit, feels Indian Army

FP

A day after a brutal cross-border raid by the Pakistani army left two Indian soldiers dead in the Poonch area, more details have emerged about the gruesome nature of the assault. The Indian Army, which has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan for a gross violation of the rules of engagement, suspects that the Special Service Group (SSG) of the Pakistani army carried out the raid.

It is also learnt that while the Pakistani raiding party carried back the head of one of the two soldiers who were killed in the ambush, an attempt was also made to behead the second soldier. However, it was thwarted after Indian reinforcements arrived and engaged the Pakistani troops. Mutilation marks were also found on the chest and thighs of the two soldiers.

Sources said that while the 29 Balouch regiment is deployed in the sector where the ambush took place, the attack bore the trademark of SSG which has carried out similar raids in the past. The special unit, nicknamed the 'Black Storks', is known for its trademark black clothes and guerilla tactics similar to details emerging from the accounts of two injured Indian soldiers.

It is learnt that an ambush party of 8-10 SSG commandos were lying in wait for the Indian troops who were carrying out a regular patrol along the Line of Control. Sources said the area where the ambush took place was vulnerable as the border fence that keeps out infiltrators is located almost 2 km inside Indian territory, given the difficult terrain.

The Indian party was conducting patrols ahead of the fence and barely a few hundred metres away from the demarcated LoC when it was ambushed. The two soldiers who got killed were a buddy pair acting as scouts for the patrol party. Both are believed to have been killed in the first burst of gunfire by the Pakistani soldiers.

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