Gunfight rages in Poonch

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Poonch: Army and police here said that a major infiltration bid by militants was foiled by army along Line of Control (LoC) at Krishna Ghati sector in pre-dawn hours while a gunfight raged in Mankote forests in the afternoon in which one cop has been injured.

An army official said that a major infiltration bid was foiled by the troops of 1st Maha Regiment at Roshni Post in Krishna Ghati Sector after noticing movement of militants at 3:00 am today. “The alert troops engaged the group of intruders near the fence till 8 in the morning and foiled their attempt to sneak in,” he said.

The official said that the Pakistani army “in an attempt to help the intruders” fired on Indian troops “which was however returned effectively”. “The infiltration bid has been successfully foiled and the search operation is underway,” he said.

Meanwhile, a gunfight raged in Mankote forests of Mendhar between militants and government forces this afternoon, the police said. 
SDPO Mendhar, Shahid Nayeem, said that the encounter raged between 4-5 militants and forces and is still on. “The SOG and army’s 37 and 39 RR is engaged in the operation. The fire is coming from three sides and we will neutralize them very soon” he said, adding that one SPO identified as Talib Hussain got injured in the encounter.

In the meanwhile, at least 15 cops who were on way to encounter site at Mankote met an accident near Chhad, resulting in injuries to 10 of them. They have been evacuated and rushed to hospital where they are being treated, the police said. Later, Constable Nisar Ahmad and Constable Inayyatullah were referred to DH Rajouri as their condition was critical. GNS

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