The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has reportedly pushed in 50 of its cadres to carry out terror strikes in southern and central Kashmir, intelligence sources say. Their mission is to do maximum damage from June to October before snow sets in and cross-border infiltration halts, said sources.
About 20 militants, said a security establishment source, have sneaked into India through the Machhil sector. Five of them have already been killed in recent encounters. Security agencies have put the Malangpora and Bandipore areas on high alert as they suspect the remaining 15 to be in this area.
According to J&K government figures, 91 local militants and 54 foreign mercenaries are active in the valley. Agencies suspect that the two LeT terrorists who ambushed a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy, which killed eight personnel and injured 22 others on Saturday, could have been part of that team.