"Late last night at around 9:30 pm, a group of heavily armed militants tried to cross over to the Indian side of the LoC in Balakote sector in Poonch district," a senior police officer in Jammu said.

"Alert troops of the Army fired at them forcing them to flee back into the Pakistan side of the LoC. This was the second infiltration attempt by militants in the area within the last two days," the police said.

The officer, however, said that the group that made Thursday's intrusion bid was different from the one that had attempted to do so 24 hours earlier in Tarkundi area of Balakote sector of the LoC in the same district.

"Both infiltration attempts were successfully foiled by the Army", the officer added.

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