Pak supplying Chinese grenades to J&K terrorists

Indian counter-insurgency agencies found that Pakistan is supplying Chinese-made grenades and sophisticated ammunition in large quantities to terror outfits in the Kashmir valley in order to evade the blame for conducting subversive activities in India.

Security forces have seized as 70 Chinese grenades (64 in 2018 and six so far in 2019) have been seized by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since January 1, last year. They include Chinese origin pistols, armour piercing incendiary (API) shells and tracer rounds from terrorists belonging to various terror outfits.

Both mild steel core and hard steel core (which can pierce bulletproof jackets used by Indian security forces) and its use brings a new dimension of threat for the security forces.

Apart from seizures, the security agencies have also documented a dozen incidents in past 15 months where either trained terrorists or over-ground workers (OGW) of terror outfits lobbed grenades at patrol parties, bunkers, vehicles or camps of the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Police authorities wondered that these attacks had a mix of both grenades made in China and Pakistan, but there is a sudden spurt in the use of Chinese ones. Intelligence agencies are suspecting that as Pakistan Army markings on grenades manufactured in that country was exposing its role in spreading terrorism in the international community, their agencies and terror groups are now smuggling ammunition of Chinese origin.

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