The Kandi forest area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district is witnessing a fresh encounter where five Special Forces soldiers were killed in an encounter on Friday. Today, massive reinforcements were rushed to the region to flush out terrorists believed to be entrenched in caves in the forest areas.
In the ensuing gunbattle, 1 terrorist has been neutralised & 1 more is likely to be injured. Recoveries made so far include 1 AK56, 4 Mags of AK, 56 rounds of AK, 1x9mm Pistol with Mag, 3 grenades & 1 ammunition pouch. The identity of the neutralised terrorist is being ascertained. Operation is underway, informed the Indian Army to news agency ANI.
The Army stated that “contact has been established with terrorists, and firing has started” as they continue their operation in the Kandi forest in Rajouri sector. The encounter started at 0115h on May 6, 2023.
This is the second major loss for the Indian Army in the last two weeks. On April 20, five soldiers were killed when their truck was ambushed by terrorists at Bhata Durian in Poonch.
After the attack, a major manhunt was launched in the Poonch-Rajouri region, where a dozen heavily armed terrorists are believed to be present. Over 200 people were detained for questioning, and at least six persons were arrested for helping the terrorists responsible for the attack on the army truck. However, this led to resentment among locals, and a villager died by suicide alleging torture by the police.
In a separate encounter in the Karhama Kunzer area of Baramulla, a terrorist was killed today. The Jammu and Kashmir Police confirmed the news on Twitter.
“Encounter has started at Karhama Kunzer area of Baramulla. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” tweeted the Kashmir Zone Police.
The terrorist killed in the Karhama Kunzer area of Baramulla is reportedly linked with the proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jammu and Kashmir Police said. The slain terrorist has been identified as Abid Wani hailing from Kulgam.