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Pak Commandos’ hand suspected in J&K encounter: Sources

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Pak Commandos’ hand suspected in J&K encounter: Sources

New Delhi: The escalation of fighting between security forces and a group of terrorists hiding in the jungles of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district for at least eight days suggests that the infiltrators were trained by Pakistani commandos, sources in the Army and police have said.

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Nine soldiers including two Junior Commissioned Officers or JCOs have been killed in the line of duty, fighting these terrorists since Monday, in what has become the deadliest encounter for India’s military in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years.

It is also unclear if any of the terrorists have been killed since no bodies have been found yet. The fighting in the 8-9 km stretch of thick forest has continued despite a massive combing operation, a tight cordon and intense shelling.

In the first brush with these terrorists, five soldiers, including a JCO, were killed on the night of October 10 in the Dera Wali Gali area of Poonch, which is close to the Line of Control.

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It is also unclear if any of the terrorists have been killed since no bodies have been found yet. The fighting in the 8-9 km stretch of thick forest has continued despite a massive combing operation, a tight cordon and intense shelling.

In the first brush with these terrorists, five soldiers, including a JCO, were killed on the night of October 10 in the Dera Wali Gali area of Poonch, which is close to the Line of Control.

“The group of terrorists may also include Pakistani commandos. But we will only know for sure once they are shot down,” an officer, requesting not to be named, said.

Going ahead, security sources have been asked to proceed cautiously and instructed that even if the operation gets drawn out, it must be ensured there are no more casualties.

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For now, the terrorists are believed to have been cornered in one area and with the help of the army’s para commandos and helicopters, security forces are optimistic about an end to the deadly encounter sooner than later, sources said.

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