No fresh contact with militants in Gurez, Operation continues

Srinagar, Aug 9: Though no fresh contact was established with the militants, a massive search operation continued in the dense woods near Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district in north Kashmir, where four soldiers, including a Major, were martyred and two militants were killed in an encounter on Tuesday.
With the first light on Thursday morning, troops resumed search operation in the forest area near LoC, where a group of militants sneaked into this side from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in the wee hours of Tuesday under the cover of darkness.
Troops from nearby camps have also joined the operation against the militants, they said adding the forward movement of troops was being suspended in the night due to darkness to avoid any casuality. But with first light operation is being resumed from all sides against the militants, they added and said so far no fresh contact was established.
Two militants were killed and four soldiers laid down their lives in the encounter after troops challenged infiltrators on Tuesday, they said.
Troops guarding the LoC are already on high alert to foil any infiltration attempt from POK, where a large number of trained militants are waiting in launch pads to sneak into this side before the higher reaches are closed due to snowfall.
According to official report there were 133 infiltration attempts from across the border. It said 69 militants managed to sneak into this side from across the border till June this year while 14 militants were killed .
However, the report said there were 406 infiltration attempts from across the border in 2017 during which 123 militants could enter this side.
Meanwhile security forces gunned down fifth militant on Thursday morning in the woods of Rafiabad in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, where a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) operation was launched early Wednesday morning.
Four militants were killed yesterday in the encounter.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid said that the fifth militant was killed this morning by the security forces. He said operation was still going on when the reports last came in.
Troops of Army, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation in the forest at Rafiabad in Baramulla on early Wednesday morning.
During the day-long operation four unidentified militants were killed. Later the operation was suspended due to darkness to avoid any casualty. However, the operation was resumed on Thursday morning and one militant was killed. An Army jawan was also injured in the encounter who has been admitted to Base hospital, Srinagar,
There were five militants hiding in the woods, the DGP said.