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JAMMU: The ongoing anti-insurgency operation going on in Poonch has entered day nine on Monday. Although the security forces are carrying out the operation with full might, yet no success has been achieved.On ninth day of encounter, army personnel cordoned off entire area and conducted intensive search. The Choppers were also used in the search operation at night, but so far no terrorist has been traced or neutralized while security forces have suffered loss of nine soldiers, including two JCOs.Para-commands of army have also been deployed in the operation. There are inputs that terrorists hiding in the forest are being helped by Pakistan Army, which is helping terrorists.According to information, presence of terrorists was reported some nine days ago in Bhatadudia area of Poonch, after which a massive search operation was launched and entire area was cordoned off. During encounter, nine soldiers got martyred but terrorists are still hidden in dense forests and it is suspected that that they are continuously changing their location from one place to another. To intensify the search, entire forest area from Mendhar to Thannamandi has been surrounded by army, police and other security forces and highway has been closed, so that terrorists may not escape through highway.During last nine days, the security forces have traced terrorists thrice followed by fierce encounter, but every time they escaped unhurt. It is believed that these terrorists had crossed to this side of LoC a few days ago and presently hidden in dense forests. This operation can be the longest operation carried out in Poonch by security forces as despite passage of nine days not even a single terrorist has been captured or neutralized. The Army helicopters are also continuing surveillance in the forests, especially during night hours, so that terrorists may not escape. As per reports, a number of senior Police and army officers are presently camping in Poonch while ADGP Jammu has also reached the spot.
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