Search operation in Kupwara villages continues for second day
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Search operation in Kupwara villages continues for second day

Government forces conducted a search operation in about a dozen villages of Kupwara district for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

Government forces conducted a search operation in about a dozen villages of Kupwara district for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

A police official said on the condition of anonymity that the operation was underway in Warsun, Guzriyal, Kachama, Rastionpora and several other villages. 

Army and police had cordoned off these areas on Friday morning and started searches after being informed about the presence of a group of militants in the nearby forests, the official said. No arrests have been made so far. 

Search operations are a routine in these areas, which are used by militants as transition routes, but this time the forces have besieged a vast area, the official said.

The operation has been launched three days after the killing of two soldiers at the Line of Control in Keran area of the district. The army has said it apprehends the killings were a precursor to pushing militants from across the border into Kashmir.

Soon after the incident, the army launched a search operation in Mudian area of Keran, Hafruda forests, Shamswarai, Budnambal, Hagankoot, Baliyan Behak, Waderballa, Rajward and some other areas.

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