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Encounter underway in Kulgam; 2 terrorists holed up

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An encounter broke out this evening between terrorists and security forces at a village in Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. According to a report, Gunshots were heard after security forces cordoned off the area where 2 terrorists are believed to be hiding. The incident took place ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz’s visit to India to attend Heart of Asia (HoA) conference in Amritsar. Recently, the death of seven army personnel, including two officers, in a terror attack on an army base camp at Nagrota in Jammu has shocked the nation.

This the biggest terror strike since the Uri attack in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the wee hours on September 19. India had avenged Uri attack by carrying out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29. Following the Nagrota terror attack, clamour for post-Uri like surgical strikes has increased.

Though the searches were still going on with army’s bomb disposal squad blasting ‘blind’ explosive devices being found at the encounter site, sources said that the seizures so far, apart from arms, ammunition and explosives, included packets of biscuit made in Pakistan, medicines and bandages, scant bottles, rope and a wire-cutter among other things like vests, mobile phone and polythene sheets. Except the fact that they had come from Ban Toll plaza side towards Udhampur, it is still unknown how they managed to enter Indian territory. The army officers, however, said that their first priority was to sanitise the entire area, adding such analysis as to how and where they came from can be done later.

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