jco: JCO, soldier hurt in fresh Jammu gunfight with ultras | India News


JAMMU: An Army Junior Officer (JCO) and a soldier were seriously injured in a shootout between security forces and a group of terrorists late Thursday in Mendhar in the Poonch border district of J&K. The incident comes four days after a JCO and four soldiers were killed in action while chasing terrorists hiding in a wooded area of Surankote in the same district.
“There has been a new exchange of fire between army troops and terrorists during the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in the Nar Khas Mendhar Subdivision Forest Area, “the Jammu-based defense spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said.
“The terrorists had been hiding in the forests of the Rajouri-Poonch districts,” he said, suggesting that they could be the same ones involved in Monday’s encounter that caused five casualties on the army’s side.
Security forces have been scouring the forest area connecting the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch since the shooting in Surankote. “After the initial encounter in the Charmer village of Surankote on Monday, the terrorists had fled to the nearby Bhangai village of Rajouri, leading to another encounter,” an official said. “The exchange of fire between the two parties stopped after a few hours, suggesting that the terrorists escaped.”
The entire forest belt on the Rajouri-Poonch axis has been cordoned off ever since.

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