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BSF unearths cross-border tunnel in J&K’s Samba district

Deputy Inspector General of BSF (Jammu) SPS Sandhu said a small opening, believed to be a tunnel, was found in a general area near fencing in Samba.

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday detected an underground cross-border tunnel in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, nearly a fortnight after security forces gunned down two suicide bombers of the Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit who had infiltrated from Pakistan.

Deputy Inspector General of BSF (Jammu) SPS Sandhu said a small opening, believed to be a tunnel, was found in a general area near fencing in Samba.

However, BSF sources said the suspected tunnel was detected by the troops during the ongoing anti-tunnelling drive in the border outpost area of Chak Faquira around 5.30 pm.

As per sources, the newly dug tunnel at a distance of 150 metres from the LoC and 50 metres from the border fence was detected opposite Pakistani post Chaman Khurd which is 900 metres from the Indian side.

The opening is about 300 metres from the border outpost Chak Faquira and 700 metres from the last Indian village.

BSF has launched a massive drive to detect any tunnel all along the LoC following the April 22 encounter in Sunjwan area of Jammu when two heavily-armed JeM terrorists, wearing suicide vests, were eliminated in an encounter after they attacked a bus carrying Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.

An Assistant-sub inspector of CISF was killed and nine security personnel, including two policemen, were injured in the encounter.

The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of three conspirators including a truck driver and his helper who transported the Pashtu-speaking terrorists from Sapwal border in Samba district to Jammu in the middle of the night the previous day.

First Published: 5th May, 2022 15:05 IST

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