25 January, 2021

It's Overt Combat Now

Militant attacks are getting more brazen, and their targets are no longer just soft ones

It's Overt Combat Now

Hot on the heels of a series of massacres of civilians in Poonch and Doda and the storming of the bsf residential complex in Bandipora over the last month, militants have begun to openly target army camps and engage troops in fierce gun battles in the Valley. This cranking up of activity seems to be a follow-up to the Kargil conflict.

The attack on a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) army post in Chak Natnusa using rocket-propelled grenades, the gunning down of Col Balbir Singh, a commanding officer of 4 RR and three other army personnel, and the strike at a brigade headquarters in Trehgam,all on three successive days last week,has introduced a new element of daring. Soon after, a bsf camp in Rajouri was attacked on Wednesday where three were gunned down.

There has been a change of tactics from clandestine terrorist assaults to confrontation with security forces, says Sanjay Singh, a bsf commanding officer in Kupwara. The definite gameplan suggests a streak of fanaticism among the combatants, willing to stand and fight. Reports of...



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