Kashmir: Two soldiers injured in ongoing gun battle

Two army soldiers were injured in an ongoing encounter with militants at Panar forest area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday. Reports said army’s 14-Rashtriya Rifles resumed cordon and search operation (CASO), which was launched on Saturday, in the area during wee hours of Monday.

As army search party was moving, militants hiding in the area opened fire upon them triggering off a brief exchange of gunfire in which two soldiers were injured, reports added.
 
Sources said a group of heavily armed militants is believed to be hiding in the area and army has launched a massive search operation to flush them out. The entire forest area has been sealed to foil any militant attempt to escape, they added.
 
The encounter comes a day after army killed six armed infiltrators along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir.
 
With the onset of summer, infiltration attempts have increased in the past few weeks. “With the mercury rising and snow-melting in the valley, the chances of infiltration increase from the Pakistani side. The Army is all geared up to counter such threats,” a senior army officer said.
 
Sources said dozens of new launching pads have been activated by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen across the LoC and they are making all-out efforts to push militants into the Indian territory with the onset of summer. 
 
“Surveillance of LoC is no mean job. There are mountains, rivers, streams, ridges, ravines and gorges along the LoC. It is not a cut and dried area that army has to guard. Despite the three-tier fencing, army needs highly sophisticated surveillance equipment to keep the enemy at bay,” they added.

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