Gurez gunfight: Army resumes search operation, no contact established with militants yet

The Army on Wednesday resumed the search operation in the Bagtor forest range near Line of control in Gurez sector of Bandipora district.

However, no contact has been yet established with the militants. The operation was suspended on Tuesday night due to darkness, however, the forest range remained under a tight cordon throughout.

On Tuesday, four army men, including a Major were killed in a gunfight. Two militants were also killed in the process. The slain army men include Major K Prakash Kumar Rane (SM), soldiers Vikram Jeet Singh, Hameer Singh and Mandeep Singh of 36 Rashtriya Rifles (RR).

The identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, the troops deployment has been increased and para-commando’s have also been pressed into action, the sources added.

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