4 terrorists killed in Poonch; Army says major terror strike thwarted

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JAMMU, July 18: Four heavily-armed foreign terrorists were killed in a fierce gunfight with security
forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Tuesday, the Army said, asserting that the
successful operation scuttled possible terror strikes in the region.
The killing of four terrorists comes a day after security forces foiled a major infiltration bid along the
Line of Control (LoC) in the Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch on the intervening night of July 16 and 17.
Earlier in the day, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh
confirmed the killing of four terrorists in the Sindarah top area of Surankote.
“Four foreign terrorists were neutralised in a forest area during the ongoing ‘operation Trinetra II’.
The presence of such heavily-armed terrorists in hinterland is indicative of attempts to destabilise
the region, and if not neutralised on time, these terrorists could have carried out major terrorist-
initiated incidents in coming days,” Commander, 6 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, Brigadier M P Singh told
reporters in Poonch.
‘Operation Trinetra’ was launched by the Army in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist ambush on
security forces’ vehicles in the Mendhar area of Poonch that left five soldiers dead on April 20.
Brig Singh, who was also flanked by Poonch Senior Superintendent of Police Vinay Sharma, said a
joint operation was launched by the Army and the police in the forest area on July 16 as part of
relentless operations over the past three months after getting information about movement of
unidentified persons in the general area of Sindarah.
“Accordingly, the area was cordoned off after a specific intelligence with regard to the presence of
armed terrorists. Based on this, Army and Special Operations Group of Jammu Kashmir Police
launched a specific cordon and search operation of this area (on July 17),” he said.
After establishing an effective cordon, the Army officer said, the troops commenced their search and
approached Sindarah village. “Four terrorists who had taken shelter in the forest near the village

opened indiscriminate fire on the approaching troops. Their fire was promptly retaliated and the
terrorists were pinned down.”
Brig Singh said the cordon was then readjusted to deny any space to the terrorists to escape.
“Special Forces (of the Army) were also inducted to augment the troops. The terrorists making use of
the terrain, forest foliage and inclement weather kept opening fire on the troops in a desperate
attempt to break the cordon,” he said.
He said the intermittent fire between terrorists and the search parties continued throughout the day
and the night before the guns fell silent around 5.30 am.
In the morning, the officer said, a detailed search of the area was carried out which led to the
recovery of the bodies of slain terrorists and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, which
included four Chinese-make AK assault rifles and two pistols with a Pakistani marking.
“This joint action by Indian Army and Jammu Kashmir Police has resulted in saving the lives and
contributed towards maintaining peace in the region. The relentless efforts by security forces in past
few months have started giving results,” he said, asserting that the operations against terrorists
would continue with renewed vigour to make the region terrorism-free.
The officer lauded the cooperation of the forces as well as the locals and said the people played a
key role in the successful operation which speaks volumes about the love for their nation and
maintaining peace.
Referring to the recent killing of terrorists on the LoC while attempting to sneak into this side from
across the border, Brigadier Singh said, “It shows the neighbouring country (Pakistan) will not stop
and make continue attempts to disturb our region. We will not stop and eliminate all terrorists who
are hiding in the area.”
SSP Poonch Vinay Sharma said the successful operation is the glaring example of the synergy
between the Army and the police in the fight against terrorism.
“The joint operation against terrorists will continue,” he said.
Security forces killed two terrorists and foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control in
Poonch district, a defence spokesperson had said on Monday. (Agencies)

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