Mumbai: As many as five Indian Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, have been martyred in a gunfight with terrorists during an anti-insurgency operation in J&K’s Poonch on Monday, PTI reported quoting officials.
The encounter between the security forces and the terrorists started when the army personnel were carrying out an anti-insurgency operation. Also Read: Terrorist Behind Civilian Killing Killed In Encounter In J&K’s Bandipora
A defence spokesman said a search and cordon operation was launched in a village near DKG in Surankote. The operation was launched early in the morning after receiving intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists there.
The encounter was on till the final report came.
Officials said the hiding militants fired heavily on the search parties. The JCO and four jawans were seriously injured in the firing. Sources said that he was taken to the hospital for treatment, but he died.
Defense Public Relations Officer, Jammu said, “A JCO and four Indian Army personnel were critically injured during an anti-militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch today. They were rushed to the nearest medical facility where they succumbed to injuries,” said Defence PRO, Jammu.
According to officials, there have been reports that a group of heavily armed terrorists have taken shelter in the Chamer forest after they manage to sneak in from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Security forces have been deployed in the area to cordon off all escape routes and nab or eliminate the terrorists.