PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — The Indian Army (IA) will soon begin inducting two new types of bolt-action sniper rifle for use along the line of control (LOC) in the disputed mountainous region of Kashmir.
Indian sources told Jane’s Weekly that 24 new deadly sniper rifles were recently acquired as an “emergency purchase” following sustained sniping detected across the LOC. These include the .338 Scorpio TGT variant of the Minerva Tactical sniper rifle from Italy’s Victrix Armaments, and the US-made Model 95 .50-calibre rifle from Barrett. Barrett M95 is an anti-material rifle that can penetrate through concrete and metal objects, such as vehicles and has a whopping range of 1,800 meters.
According to Free Press Kashmir, quoting sources, the Indian Army would be inducting about 6000 sniper rifles along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir including twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region and Baramulla and Kupwara in Kashmir during in the next few months.
Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, had said last month that the Northern Command is soon going to be equipped with the new sniper rifles from this month.
Kashmiri woman shot dead by Indian sniper near LoC
In November, a woman was killed in cross-border firing from the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC).
Twenty-two year old Munazza Bibi died in her home at Lawana Khetar village. She was mother of a two-year-old child.
According to a police official, the victim was shot by a sniper from an Indian army post across the LoC when she switched on a torch to search for something in the veranda of her house. The bullet pierced her head and she died on the spot, he added.
Bibi’s casualty has raised the death toll in Azad Kashmir in the ongoing year to 27 — 19 men and 8 women.