BSF troops today foiled two infiltration bids after a brief encounter with militants along the Indo-Pak border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu division, the seventh such attempt by ultras from across the border this month.

A group of five militants entered Indian territory around 1200 hours and their movement was picked up by the patrolling party of BSF at Tent Border Out Post in Akhnoor sector, a senior BSF official said.

The militants were challenged and the gun battle between the two sides continued for over an hour. The militants later fled back.

Another attempt was probably made by the same group some distance away from the Tent post around 0430 hours and after a brief fire fight between BSF and the infiltrating militants, they fled, the official said.

This was the seventh infiltration bid by militants from across the border in the region this month.

The first infiltration bid this year was foiled by BSF at Narianpur Border Out Post in Ramgarh sub-sector of Samba district on January 4.

It was followed by another infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote area of Poonch district on January 8.

A patrolling party of BSF had foiled an infiltration bid by militants, who had cut the border fence and entered the forward area of Garkhal in Pargwal belt of Akhnoor tehsil on January 10.

On January 11, militants triggered a blast to cut into the border fencing but BSF troops foiled their attempt after a fierce gun battle between the two sides in Akhnoor sector.

Another infiltration attempt was foiled the same day.

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