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Anti-Terror Ops In J&Okay Forest Enter Day 13; Drones, Helicopters Called In

The total forest belt continues to be beneath tight safety cordon to neutralise the terrorists


Despite inclement climate, the counter-insurgency operation continued for the 13th day on Saturday within the forest belt of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts the place 9 military personnel have been killed in two separate assaults by hiding terrorists final week, officers mentioned.

Two extra suspected individuals have been detained for questioning because the joint search events of military and native police moved cautiously within the dense forests of Mendhar and Surankote in Poonch and close by Thanamandi in Rajouri to trace down the hiding terrorists, they mentioned.

An military official mentioned a significant a part of the forest was cleared during the last 12 days and now the search space is restricted to an space housing various pure caves.

“There was no contact with the terrorists after the initial gunfights on October 11 and October 14. The search area was expanded in search of the terrorists,” the official mentioned, hoping to conclude the operation with the clearance of the pure caves inside a day or two relying on the climate situations.

Higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir, together with Peer Ki Gali alongside Poonch-Shopian street, skilled first average snowfall, whereas the plains have been lashed by heavy rains since Friday evening, leading to considerable drop within the day temperature.

The officers mentioned strict surveillance is being maintained by the safety forces on the suspected areas, utilizing hi-tech drones.

Two suspected improvised explosive units have been destroyed by the military search events in Bhatta Durrian forest of Mendhar, the place the locals have been requested to not enterprise out of their houses on Tuesday as a security measure with the troops advancing into the dense forest.

The operation within the forest areas within the twin border districts commenced on October 11 when terrorists ambushed a search celebration killing 5 troopers, together with a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), in Surankote forest of Poonch earlier than one other gunfight in close by Thanamandi on the identical day.

The terrorists fled each the locations after the encounters.

On October 14, the terrorists struck once more and killed 4 troopers, together with a JCO, in Nar Khas forest in Mendhar because the safety forces prolonged the cordon and search operation to neutralise the fleeing terrorists.

Drones and helicopters have been pressed into service to help the marching troops, together with para-commandos, within the jungle unfold over almost eight km x 2 km space at a distance of 4 km from the Line of Control, the officers mentioned.

The total forest belt continues to be beneath tight safety cordon to neutralise the terrorists, the officers mentioned, including the world is mountainous and the forest is dense, making the operation troublesome and harmful.

The officers mentioned two individuals, who have been working as porters with the military, have been detained from Mastandhara in Surankote space for questioning, taking the overall variety of detained individuals to 12.

Earlier, 10 individuals, together with two ladies, have been detained in Bhatta Durrian and adjoining areas for allegedly offering logistic assist to the terrorists.

They mentioned a terrorist lodged at Kot Balwhal jail in Jammu can be being questioned.

Meanwhile, the site visitors between Mendhar and Thanamandi alongside the Jammu-Rajouri freeway remained suspended as a precautionary measure for the eighth day on Saturday within the wake of the continuing operation.

Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu area have witnessed an increase in infiltration makes an attempt since June this yr, ensuing within the killing of 9 terrorists in separate encounters.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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