24 Detained As Hunt for Terrorists in J&K’s Kathua Enters 3rd Day

Srinagar: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are intensifying efforts to apprehend terrorists responsible for the recent ambush in Kathua district, which claimed the lives of five Army personnel. The operation, spanning dense forests across Kathua and neighbouring districts, has led to the detention of at least 24 individuals for questioning.

Jointly conducted by the Army and police, the search operation has been bolstered by aerial surveillance using helicopters and UAVs, alongside ground teams equipped with sniffer dogs and metal detectors. The pursuit extends to regions in Udhampur, Samba, Rajouri and Poonch districts, with special operations units deployed to conduct surgical strikes in targeted areas.

Meanwhile, a separate search operation is ongoing in Doda district following an encounter between terrorists and security forces. Despite efforts, the whereabouts of the terrorists, who reportedly sustained injuries, remain unknown.

Locals, deeply concerned about their safety in the aftermath of the ambush, have urged authorities to sanction village defence groups. They seek training and armament to assist security forces in combating terrorism effectively.

The National Investigation Agency is actively involved in the investigation, supporting local police to probe the ambush site and gather crucial evidence.

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