Terrorists killed five Indian Army soldiers in an encounter that broke out during an anti-insurgency operation in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on 11 October. Among the deceased are four jawans and one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO).
The army had launched the operation in a village close to DKG in Surankote in the early hours following intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists, a defence ministry spokesman said. The army has cordoned off the area as three to four militants were believed to be trapped there.
The spokesperson said the terrorists opened heavy fire on the search parties, resulting in critical injuries to the JCO and four other ranks. All five soldiers succumbed to their injuries.
“The critically injured JCO and four jawans were evacuated to the nearest medical facility but succumbed to their injuries. The operation is still going on,” the Army said in its official statement.
Officials said that security forces suspected an infiltration bid in forests located near Mughal Road in the Surankote subdivision.
The officials said there are reports of a group of heavily-armed terrorists hiding in the Chamber forest. They managed to sneak into the area from across the Line of Control (LoC).
The army rushed reinforcements to the area to plug all escape routes to ensure the terrorists are neutralised, they said.
“Teams of police and Army rushed to the spot after receiving this information and the entire area has been cordoned,” the official said, adding that the firing is going on between two sides.
Security forces earlier today killed a terrorist in the Hajin area of Bandipora district. He was affiliated with the proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and was involved in the recent killing of a civilian in the Bandipora.
“Killed terrorist has been identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF). He was involved in a recent civilian killing at Shahgund Bandipora,” a tweet by J&K Police quoting IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said.
Earlier, the security forces had killed a terrorist in Anantnag and another in the Bandipora district of Kashmir.