A Junior Commissioned Officer and a jawan had been killed in Mendhar space of Jammu’s border district of Poonch in a fierce gunfight between militants and Military troops that was nonetheless on late Thursday night time. Sources mentioned the militants had been suspected to be a part of the identical group which killed five Army soldiers in an encounter on Monday within the district.
Monday’s encounter, alongside the Mughal Highway linking Poonch to Shopian in south Kashmir, was the worst within the space in 17 years. Safety forces had launched an enormous search following the encounter, and it was throughout combing operations in Bhata Durian forests, adjoining the realm of Monday’s encounter, that Armymen got here below hearth from militants.
The troopers killed in Thursday’s encounter had been but to be recognized. This was the primary contact of the safety forces with the militants since Tuesday, when there was an change of fireside for round quarter-hour.
With the encounter nonetheless on, vehicular visitors between Bhimber Gali and Surankote alongside the Rajouri-Poonch nationwide freeway has been suspended. Extra reinforcements have been rushed to the realm.
Officers earlier mentioned the militants, believed to quantity round four-five, could possibly be a part of a bunch that infiltrated into the Union Territory from throughout the Line of Management in August, and had been on their strategy to Shopian. They had been intercepted by police and safety forces within the Pangai space of Rajouri district alongside the Mughal Highway. Whereas two militants had been killed on August 6, one other was shot on August 19.