Militants escape during gunbattle in Poonch
Jammu: Four militants Monday managed to
escape from night-long cordon laid after a fierce gunbattle
broke out in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, police
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of four
militants in Gujjar-Kheera forest belt of Mendhar border
tehsil of Poonch district, Army troops launched a cordon and
search operation in the area last night, they said.
Militants fired on the operation party, who fired back
resulting in the fierce gunbattle, which continued till last
in the night, they said, adding a cordon was put after the
Search was conducted in the area this morning during
which nothing was found, they said, adding that it seems that
militants had managed to escape.
The operation has been called off as militants have
escaped from the spot, Poonch Senior Superintendent of Police
Manmohan Singh said.
Meanwhile, a Lashkar-e-Toiba sympathiser has
been arrested by the security forces in Kishtwar district, police said.
Acting on a tip-off, security forces launched a cordon
and search operation in Sarnwa belt of Kishtwar last night and
arrested Jalladin, police officials said.
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