Ahead of Modi's visit, BSF chief confirms 5 militants sneaked into Kashmir

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In the backdrop of unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in which one BSF personnel attained martyrdom, Director General BSF K K Sharma, on Tuesday said that reportedly a group of five terrorists have "managed" to enter into the Indian territory via tunnel on worldwide border in Jammu region.

The firing comes four days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

The BSF constable has been identified as Constable Davender Singh Baghel. A senior BSF official said constable Singh was admitted to Military Hospital for bullet injuries but could not survive. BSF noticed the suspicious movement of five unidentified persons along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district. Five militants were seen through High Sensitive Thermal Imaging (HSTI).

"A BSF trooper was martyred yesterday", said KK Sharma.

"Two infiltration attempts were made along the worldwide border since Sunday night".

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"There is a possibility that a group of five (terrorists) managed to sneak into this side through a tunnel on Sunday night". We are trying to locate the tunnel. "The anti-tunnelling exercise is going on", he said.

However, a search operation is underway.

With the death of Constable Devender, the number of persons killed due to Pakistan shelling along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) has risen to 33, the highest this year.

The deceased include 17 security personnel.

Modi will be visiting the state on May 19.