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Poonch Rajouri’s antiterror operation enters the fifth day

JAMMU, OCT 16: On Saturday, a counter-insurgency operation began its fifth day in Jammu Kashmir’s Poonch & Rajouri districts. The Army deployed para commandos in order to eliminate terrorists whose exact numbers are still unknown.

According to police sources, traffic on the Poonch Rajouri highway was closed in Bhimber Gali for the third consecutive day.

Five soldiers, including one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed during the gunfire that broke out between the terrorists and the combing troops on Tuesday.

Two soldiers were killed on Friday. Reports also claimed that a JCO was still missing.

However, there is no official confirmation of the JCO’s disappearance.

Para commandos were deployed in the Nar Khas densely forested area, where the soldiers were killed Friday.

Sources in defence said that the initial operation was initiated after reports claimed that three terrorists (and a local guide) were reported to have been seen in Dhera Ki Gali, DKG.

“After the Mendhar firing exchanges began while the engagement against the terrorists in DGK was taking place, it is probable that there are two terrorist groups, one in Poonch and one in Rajouri districts.

Defence sources stated that “the exact number of terrorists will be known once they have been eliminated.”

Police have taken two local men into custody for questioning over their involvement in providing shelter and food to terrorists.

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