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Jammu gun-battle : Two militants killed, officer among eight forces’ personnel wounded

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JAMMU —  Two militants were killed and eight forces personnel, including a DSP, injured Thursday in an encounter in Jhajjar-Kotli forest belt in Jammu and Reasi district, police said.

Government forces, during a cordon and search operation, zeroed in on a location near a house in the Kakriyal area, and surrounded the militants, officials said.

The encounter broke out as the forces, comprising CRPF, Police and Armypersonnel, closed in on them, they said.

Forces used drones and choppers in the operation, which was launched Wednesday to track three JeM militants, aged between 18 and 22 years, the officials said.

Two militants were killed and eight forces personnel, including Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohan Lal, injured, Police said.

Five CRPF personnel and three policemen were injured during the operation, they said.

They were admitted to the Narayana hospital in Katra.

The cordon and search operation to track down the JeM militants was launched in the Jhajjar-Kotli forest belt in Jammu and Reasi district after the militants fired on security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Wednesday, the officials said.

The militants after the incident had fled into the forest belt of which Kakriyal is a part.

The CRPF, the Police and the army along with personnel from other security agencies are combing the area, he said.

The official said areas and check posts along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway are on alert.

More checkpoints have been created and vehicles are being searched and passengers frisked, he said.

“The Jhajjar Kotli forests and adjoining areas have been put under a massive cordon,” the official said.

Traffic movement on the highway, between Nagrota and Jhajjar Kotli, has been suspended and schools in the area have been closed for the day.  (PTI)

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