JCO among two soldiers killed in fresh gunfight in J&K’s Poonch

There has been no official confirmation about the deaths as the army said the duo was critically injured in the firefight.
JCO among two soldiers killed in fresh gunfight in J&K’s Poonch
Security forces on standby near an encounter in Kashmir. (Image used for representational purpose only)Mir Wasim/GK File

Rajouri, Oct 14: A JCO was among two army men killed in a gunfight with the militants in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, taking the number of soldiers killed this week in the border district to seven, official sources said.

An official source told Greater Kashmir that two soldiers, including a Junior Commissioner Officer (JCO) were killed in the gunfight that broke out today evening in Bhimber Gali area of the border district.

However, an army spokesman said two soldiers were critically injured in the gunfight. “In an ongoing Counter Terrorist operation in general area Nar Khas Forest, Mendhar Sub Division, District Poonch there has been exchange of fire between army troops and terrorists during evening hours on 14 Oct 2021. During the ensuing exchange of fire one JCO and one soldier have been critically injured. The operations are under progress. Update follows,” said the spokesman.

Earlier, the security forces had launched a Cordon-and-Search-Operation (CASO) in Bhata Dhurian and Sanjiote villages near Bhimber Gali following inputs about the presence of militants there.

An official said this operation was launched along with another anti-militancy operation which is going on in Dehra ki Gali where five soldiers were killed on Monday.

He said traffic movement has been suspended on Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch National Highway in view of the firefight.

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