CASO launched in Kupwara forests, resumes in Bandipora

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Srinagar, Jun 19: Troops launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the woods on Tuesday in the frontier district of Kupwara where some firing shots were heard last night, official sources said.
With the first light Tuesday morning troops resumed CASO in Bandipora forest where so far four militants and a soldier were killed since operation was launched on June 9 when a group of infiltrators sneaked into this side from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).
They said some firing shots were heard when a patrol party of Army was passing Dedikote forest in the frontier district of Kupwara last night. Troops also retaliated ensuing in a brief exchange of fire, they said adding the militants later fled away from the area under the cover of darkness in the dense woods.
Troops deployed in the nearby camps were immediately alerted, they said adding a massive CASO was launched against the hiding militants. However, so far no contact was established with the militants.
Meanwhile, with the first light Tuesday morning troops resumed CASO in the Panar forest in Bandipora, where two militants were killed in an encounter on Monday. The operation is going on since June 9 when troops noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from PaK. Two militants were killed in the initial encounter when a soldier was also martyred. We are suspending operation during the night to avoid causalities, source said adding more troops are joining every morning from different directions.
Sources said troops guarding the borders are already on high alert to foil any attempt by militants, waiting in launch pads at Line of Control (LoC), to cross over to this side from PaK.