- Around 10 Army soldiers crossed Line of Control in Poonch on Monday night
- Three Pak soldiers were killed in "localised tactical level operation"
- Four Indian soldiers were killed by Pak troops in Rajouri on Saturday
Sources have described it as a "localised tactical level operation" authorized at the level of a brigadier.
The commandos targeted a group of Pakistani soldiers on patrol near a temporary post. An explosion was triggered near the Pakistani patrol. Some Pakistanis may have been killed in that blast, say sources. The rest were disoriented and taking advantage of that, a small unit of the battalion-level commandos called "Ghatak (deadly)" crossed about 300 m across the line of control and shot the rest of the soldiers in the patrol.
India's army does not use "surgical strike" to describe the 45-minute operation. It was "selective targeting", said sources; it was meant to be very limited in scope and meant to achieve a very specific goal. No Indian soldier in last night's operation was injured.
The attack has been described as a replica of that by Pakistanis on Saturday, but there was no mutilation attempt by Indian soldiers.
Sources have indicated to NDTV that the goal was to send a clear message, that if Pakistani soldiers attack Indian soldiers, there will be a definite response.
On Saturday, Pakistan troops infiltrated almost 400 m across the Line of Control to target Indian Army soldiers, sources said. The attackers were part of a Pakistan Border Action Team. These groups include special forces of the Pakistan Army and terrorists and are known to intrude into India to target Indian soldiers patrolling along the border.