Week long search operation in Kupwara forests concludes

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Srinagar, Jul 19: Security forces concluded a week long long search operation in the woods of frontier district of Kupwara after no fresh contact was established with the militants, official sources said on Thursday.
They said the operation was launched in Kupwara woods on July 11 when a soldier Mukul Meena was killed and another injured in the encounter on July 11 where a militant was also gunned down by troops next day on July 12.
Later on Monday a militant was killed and two soldiers were injured in the encounter which ensued after a security force patrol party came under attack by militants.
Despite unfavourable weather conditions, security forces continued massive search operation in the dense woods. Since no fresh contact was established with the militants, they said adding the operation was called off.
However, security forces guarding the Line of Control (LoC) remain on high alert to foil any attempt by militants, waiting in launch pads, to sneak into this side before the infiltration routes are closed due to snowfall.