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In pictures: Security forces intensify hunt for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir following back to back attacks

The aim of the security forces is to track down and neutralise the terrorists responsible for the recent violence in the union territory

Our Web Desk Published 13.06.24, 07:17 PM
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An army personnel near the site of the ongoing encounter between security forces and terrorists at Saida Sukhal village in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, massive search operations are ongoing in the forest belts of various districts in Jammu and Kashmir. The aim: to track down and neutralise the terrorists responsible for the recent violence in the union territory. The police, collaborating with paramilitary forces, have intensified their efforts, particularly in the Narwal bypass area on Jammu's outskirts, following a woman's report of suspicious activity involving two individuals.

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Security personnel display arms, ammunition and explosives recovered during an anti-terrorist operation at Saida Sukhal village, in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, Wednesday, June 12, 2024.  The union territory has seen a surge in terrorist activity, with militants striking in Reasi, Kathua, and Doda districts over the past four days. These attacks have claimed the lives of nine pilgrims and a CRPF jawan, leaving seven security personnel and several others injured. In a notable encounter in Kathua, security forces successfully neutralized two suspected Pakistani terrorists, recovering a significant cache of arms and ammunition.

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Security personnel during search and cordon operation after a terrorist attack, at Bhadarwah, in Doda district, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. In response to these attacks, authorities have detained fifty individuals as part of the investigation into the recent terror attack on a bus carrying pilgrims in Reasi district. The search operations have been expanded to cover the remote Arnas and Mahore areas of Reasi district, known terrorist hotbeds between 1995 and 2005. Despite these efforts, there has been no recent contact with the fleeing terrorists.

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To aid in the manhunt, police released sketches of four terrorists involved in two of the recent attacks and announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for information leading to their capture. One individual matching the description was detained from a bus in Reasi and is currently being questioned. Security forces across Kathua, Samba, and Jammu districts have been placed on high alert following intelligence inputs indicating a potential terror threat. 

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Army personnel near the site of the encounter between security forces and terrorists at Saida Sukhal village in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, Wednesday, June 12, 2024.  In addition, the police issued an advisory on June 12, urging residents of the Jammu region to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or objects. 

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Explosives recovered by security forces during an anti-terrorist operation at Saida Sukhal village, in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The ongoing operations underscore the persistent threat of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the critical need for heightened security measures and community vigilance to thwart further attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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