Some of the terrorists in the Kashmir Valley used US armour-piercing bullets in encounters with Indian security forces and managed to pierce soldiers’ bulletproof vests.
The bullets are part of the US weaponry left behind in Afghanistan by US forces who had to leave earlier than planned due to the capture of all major provinces and cities by the Taliban. “The terrorists used armour-piercing bullets against the security forces and managed to pierce the bullet-proof vests worn by some soldiers. The terrorists were also found using Canadian-made advanced night sights, which are again the leftover stock of NATO troops there,” government sources told ANI.
The issue was discussed by senior army officers at the army commanders’ conference held in April, they said.
Armor-piercing bullets or steel-core bullets can break through the bulletproof protection provided by some level of vests and create problems for troops performing operations.
The Indian Army has also started taking corrective action to counter the threat of these bullets.
“The terrorists used these bullets in the clashes and they broke the jackets in a few cases. We were using level 3 vests till now and from now on we will soon have the level 4 vests which provide protection against these bullets,” the senior Srinagar-based Chinar Corps officer told ANI. .
It was estimated that the remaining US weapons would be used by these terrorist groups to do violence in India.
According to reports, US forces have remnants of weapons and equipment worth around $7-8 billion, including helicopters, infantry fighting vehicles, communications equipment and other weapons.
The majority have been taken over by the Taliban while small Islamist terrorist organizations have also seized these weapons and are using them.
Also in the past, US-made M-16 assault rifles as well as M-4A carbines have been found with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. It is estimated that US troops left behind more than 6.5 of these types of rifles in Afghanistan during their hasty exit.