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At least five Army personnel including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) were killed on Monday in a gunfight with the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

“Five soldiers including JCO, who suffered critical injuries in an encounter with the terrorists, were evacuated to a nearby medical facility, but they succumbed to injuries,” a media report quoted defence ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand as saying.

The encounter with the terrorists was going on and further details are awaited, the spokesman said.

“The operation is still going on in the area,” Anand said.

According to sources, there are reports about the presence of a group of heavily-armed terrorists in Chamrer forest after they managed to sneak from across the Line of Control (LoC).

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On the basis of specific information, the Army started a cordon and search operation in villages close to Dara Ki Gali in the Surankote area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

It is believed that the terrified that hiding terrorists, who were just 4 to 5, opened fire at the surrounding troops resulting in critical injuries to five soldiers, including the JCO.


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