J-K: Fresh firefight begins in Rajouri


Fresh firing has started after a contact was established between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district in the wee hours of Saturday morning, officials said.

According to a statement from the Army’s Northern Command, its personnel have been conducting “relentless intelligence-based operations to flush out a group of terrorists involved in an ambush on an Army truck in the Tota Gali area of Bhata Dhurian in Jammu region last month”. “In the ongoing operation in Kandi Forest in Rajouri sector, contact was established with terrorists at 0115 hours today and firing was started,” PRO Defence Lt Col Devender Anand said. Five Army personnel were killed and a major was injured on Friday in an explosion triggered by terrorists in the densely forested Kandi area in Rajouri district where an operation was underway to flush out terrorists, officials said. “On specific information about the presence of terrorists in the Kandi Forest in the Rajouri Sector, a joint operation was launched on May 3. Around 7.30 am on Friday, a search team established contact with a group of terrorists well entrenched in a cave,” they said.

The area is thickly vegetated with rocky and steep cliffs.