J&K: One security personnel died and 4 others got injured during a counterterrorism operation near an Army camp in the Sunjwan area of Jammu early Friday, news agencies reported. The deceased jawan has been identified as CISF ASI SP Patel.
#UPDATE | 1 security force jawan martyred and 4 jawans injured in the encounter. We had cordoned off the area in the night. Encounter still underway (in Sunjwan area of Jammu). Terrorists seem to have hidden in a house: Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu Zone pic.twitter.com/sHN7isoyDL
— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2022
The encounters took place amid heightened security arrangements in Jammu and Kashmir, two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Samba district.
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials said a bus carrying 15 personnel for their morning shift came under attack at 4.25am near the Chaddha camp. A senior official of the paramilitary force said the terrorists fired at the bus and lobbed grenades, killing ASI SP Patil and injuring others.
The police’s Special Operations Group and the CRPF launched a joint search operation in the area adjacent to the sprawling Sunjwan military station. Around 3.45am, the search party was fired upon by terrorists hiding inside a house, triggering a fierce gunfight.
A senior police officer informed that the operation is still underway and more reinforcements have been rushed to the area.
“We believe that one terrorist has been killed in the exchange of fire and his body is lying inside the house,” he said.
The injured jawans have been identified as head constable Balraj Singh, SPO Sahil Sharma, head constable Pramod Patra, constable Amir Soran, constable Bittal and head constable SK Balian.
Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu Zone, said that the security forces had cordoned off the area and launched a search operation upon receiving specific information about the presence of two heavily armed terrorists, reported PTI. Officials said that the terrorists, likely belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit, were planning to carry out a major strike in the city, according to media.
The administration has suspended internet services in the area.
Meanwhile, four terrorists, including top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Yousuf Kantroo, have been gunned down in another counterterrorism operation in Kashmir’s Baramulla. Kantroo was named in at least 14 FIRs for his involvement in the killings of civilians and security forces personnel, including special police officer (SPO) Mohd Ishfaq Dar and a soldier, Mohd Sameer Malla, who died on March 7 due to torture.
The counterterrorism operation, which started Thursday night after receiving information about their presence in the area, is still underway.