Anantnag: The ensuing encounter at Gadool forest area of Kokernag hamlet in Southern district of Annatnag district Friday entered into the third straight day with security forces using grenades and RPGs in a bid to track down the terrorists.
The army has already stated that it has used the latest machinery including choppers, drones, and quad copters to locate the hiding terrorists.
An official told KNO that intermittent firing remained on throughout the day as the operation was put on a halt given darkness this evening.
He said that the forces fired grenades, rocket propelled grenades, shells and bullets towards the suspected spots suggested by the drones. The official that all new generation weapons and devices are being used to locate hiding terrorists.
The official said that civilians living close to the area have been already evacuated to safer places and drones including herons have been pressed into action to find and neutralize the hiding terrorists.
“There is no confirmation whether any terrorist has been killed so far given the tough terrain and forest area,” the official said. “Given dark, high beam lights have been installed and all the layers of cordon have been tightened to ensure terrorists don’t flee.”
Pertinently on Wednesday, during the initial exchange of fire Colonel Manpreet Singh, who was the commanding officer of 19 RR, Major Aashish Dhonchak and DySP Humayun Bhat, the son of former DIG Kashmir Ghulam Muhammad Bhat were killed.