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Rajnath Singh visiting Rajouri, ops against terrorists continues

Rajnath Singh visiting Rajouri, ops against terrorists continues
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New Delhi/Jammu, May 6 (PTI) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri on Saturday where five Army personnel were killed and one major-rank officer was wounded in a blast triggered by terrorists.

The defence minister will visit Rajouri today, official sources said.

According to officials, Rajnath is likely to reach Jammu by 11 am and visit Rajouri accompanied by Army chief General Manoj Pande and briefed on the operation underway in Kandi forest area.

The five soldiers were killed in an explosion triggered by terrorists during an anti-terror operation by the Army on Friday in the Kandi forest area of Rajouri district.

Earlier in the day, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi visited the encounter site and was briefed on the developments in the ongoing ‘Operation Trinetra’ by ground commanders.

Meanwhile, a terrorist was killed and another was most likely injured in the ongoing operation in the densely forested area of Rajouri district, Army said.

“In the ongoing joint operation in Kandi forest, Rajouri sector, by Indian Army in coordination with Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF, at around 7 am the cordon, while closing in, spotted and pinned down the terrorists.

“In the ensuing gunbattle one terrorist has been neutralised and one terrorist is likely to be injured,” a defence spokesperson said.

He said an AK-56 rifle, four magazines, 56 bullets, one 9 mm pistol, its three magazines and three grenades were seized from the slain terrorist whose identity and group affiliation were not known immediately.

The operation is underway, the spokesperson added.


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