Boat plot busted, many deaths . . Srinagar, Aug. 20: The army today said it had killed a dozen militants who for the first time tried to enter the Valley rowing an inflatable boat up a river from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. At least 15 terrorists, believed to be from the Lashkar-e-Toiba, rowed to the Indian bank of the Kishanganga, which in some stretches doubles as the Line of Control. The last time terrorists entered India using the water route was on November 26, 2008, when 10 Lashkar militants reached Mumbai and launched an attack that lasted three days and killed over 160. Major General S.K. Chakravorty, the general officer commanding, 28 Division, said the army had information that some Lashkar militants would try to cross the river in the Gurez sector, so the force had laid ambushes. â€œWe spotted some people coming in a boat but we let them row into the ambush. There was a gunfight in which 12 militants were killed,â€ said Chakravorty. The operation that began at 1am today is still on because at least three militants are believed to be hiding. The army lost Lieutenant Navdeep Singh. Two jawans are wounded. â€œA 26-year-old officer, Navdeep was commissioned in March this year into the army Ordnance Corps and was serving in the 15th Battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry,â€ defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel J.S. Brar said. Maj. Gen. Chakravorty said the terroristsâ€™ handlers ferried them using one boat. â€œThey first dropped three people. Then they went back and brought a few more people.â€ Police sources said all the militants had crossed the Kishanganga â€” it flows from Gurez, near the Valley, into the Neelam Valley in PoK â€” when the army began firing. Brar said this was the first time that militants had used the river route to cross the LoC. He said six militantsâ€™ bodies fell into the Kishanganga.