Arnia encounter ends, 4th terrorist killed

Arnia encounter ends, 4th terrorist killed

The encounter in Arnia sector of Jammu region close to Indo-Pak border ended on Friday morning after the remaining fourth militant was gunned down by security forces.

The terrorists launched their attack on an Army patrol and left 12 people dead including five civilians and three army personnel. “The encounter has ended and the boys did a good job by preventing the militants from striking anywhere,” Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra said.

“In all, we have lost three Army personnel and five civilians. All the four militants have been killed,” he said, after the end of the encounter which lasted over 24 hours following the attack.

On Thursday, it was stated that four militants were killed and one more was still holed up in an army bunker which came under attack. Officials said on Friday there was some confusion on establishing the identity of one the dead n Thursday. The operation to neutralise the militants began on Thursday morning and went on throughout the day but was suspended during the night. An Army official said that security forces, who had launched a cordon and search operation at the site of encounter in Arnia to retrieve bodies of the civilians, came under fire from a militant holed up in a bunker triggering fresh exchanges in which he was killed.

Piecing together the events that led to the attack, sources in the security establishment said all the four terrorists had entered India from across the Indo-Pak border during the intervening night of November 26 and 27 and were hiding behind a culvert when they were spotted by  Territorial Army personnel.

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