Militants have snipers, night vision devices: Report
The government forces and their intelligence units in Jammu and Kashmir suspect that a few highly skilled militant snipers could be active in the Valley after an Army man and two paramilitary personnel were killed in long-range stealth attacks this week, a media report said on Sunday.
“Militant snipers who can hide at a single spot undetected for a long time and withdraw after making a kill could also pose a high threat to VIPs in the valley,” NDTV quoted sources as saying.
According to report published by NDTV said that on Saturday, an assistant sub-inspector of the CISF, Rajendra Prasad, was killed by what the security forces say a “sniper-type” attack on the outskirts of Srinagar. A paramilitary soldier was killed in another suspected sniper attack on October 22, and an Army soldier was killed three days later in a long-range gun attack at Tral.
The NDTV quoted people with direct knowledge of the matter said the militants could be using advanced night-vision glasses or NVGs to hide in the dark and snipe at security forces from a distance. This type of sniper attack allows them to run away the moment security forces start looking for them.
A senior police officer told NDTV that they are not ruling out the possibility of terrorists using American M6 rifles in these attacks. “militants could be mounting NVGs on these rifles to carry out attacks at night,” said the officer, who asked not to be identified.
“The Inspector General of Police has also written to the police headquarters to draw their attention to the threat from snipers. Though all VIP vehicles are armoured and well protected, countering the threat of snipers is a challenge,” NDTV quoted sources said.