- The underground tunnel is thought to have been used by two suicide bombers from the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group to infiltrate into India, according to an official.
- This is the first such building discovered beneath the International Border by the BSF in the last 16 months, bringing the total to 11 in the last decade.
The Border Security Force today announced the discovery of a cross-border tunnel along the International Border in the Samba area of Jammu and Kashmir, claiming to have thwarted Pakistan-based terrorists’ efforts to disrupt the impending Amarnath Yatra.
In the Jammu region, an alert has been issued.
The 150-meter-long tunnel was discovered on Wednesday evening beneath the Chak Faquira border station in Samba, Jammu & Kashmir, according to BSF authorities.
“By discovering this tunnel, BSF-Jammu has thwarted Pakistan-based terrorists’ diabolical plans to disrupt the next Amarnath yatra,” Border Security Force DIG SPS Sandhu said.
The tunnel was dug recently and came from Pakistan’s side. He added the tunnel’s opening was roughly 2 feet wide, and so far 21 sandbags used to reinforce the tunnel’s exit had been recovered.
Mr Sandhu stated that the tunnel will be thoroughly investigated today.
The discovery of the tunnel came about a fortnight after security personnel shot down two suicide bombers in the Sunjwan region of Jammu on April 22 after they assaulted a CISF transport and murdered an assistant sub-inspector.
The underground tunnel is thought to have been used by two suicide bombers from the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group to infiltrate into India, according to an official.
“A newly excavated tunnel at a distance of 150 metres from the International Border and 50 metres from the border fence was found opposite Pakistani post Chaman Khurd (Fiaz), which is 900 metres from the Indian side,” a source said on condition of anonymity.
According to him, the tunnel opened roughly 300 metres from the Chak Faquira border patrol and 700 metres from the final Indian settlement.
Inspector General of the BSF Jammu Frontier, DK Boora, praised the troops’ zeal and effort in locating the tunnel, saying it was the fifth one discovered in less than a year and a half.
“This demonstrates Pakistan’s nefarious tactic of causing instability in India,” Mr Boora told reporters in Jammu.
Following the April 22 confrontation in the Sunjwan district of Jammu, the BSF has initiated a huge operation to discover any tunnels along the International Border.
This is the first such building discovered beneath the International Border by the BSF in the last 16 months, bringing the total to 11 in the last decade. In January of last year, the military discovered two tunnels in the Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.
The BSF is guarding around 192 kilometres of IB and Line of Control (LoC) with the Army, keeping a close eye on any terrorist infiltration attempts, arms and drugs smuggling, and drone activity from across the border.