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Rajouri: Contact established with militants who killed 5 armed forces personnel in Poonch, say officials

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Poonch: A day after a Junior Commissioned Officer and four armed forces personnel were killed, “contact has been established” with militants in Bhangai Village Of Rajouri, official have said.

The area is adjacent to Shahdara near the boundary of Poonch-Rajouri districts where the gunfight started on Monday, officials said.

“Contact has been established with the militants,” Defence ministry spokesman based in Jammu Colonel Devender Anand said.

“On the night of 10 and 11, a counter (militancy) operation was launched by Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police in the area of Shahdara, near the boundary of Poonch-Rajouri districts in J&K. During conduct of the operation, militants brought down heavy volume of fire on to Army troops, leading to fatal injuries to one JCO and four soldiers,” the defence ministry spokesman said.

He identified the killed soldiers as Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh (Kapurthala Punjab), Naik Mandeep Singh (Gurdaspur, Punjab), and Sepoys Gajjan Singh (Ropar Punjab), Saraj Singh and Vaisakh H (Kudavattoor Kollam Kerala).

After the initial gunfight, he said, the militants fled to nearby Bhangai village, which falls in Rajouri district, and the operation is still in progress. (GNS)

 

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