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Poonch gunfight: ‘Missing’ JCO, soldier found killed, tolls swell to nine

“Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh were part of search operations launched by the security forces to flush out terrorists hiding in the forested area,” said the spokesman.

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Jammu: Almost two days after one Junior Commissioned Officer and a soldier was feared missing during an ongoing gunfight, Army on Saturday found them killed in Nar Khas forest area of Mendhar in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu based Defence Spokesman said that JCO (Subedar) Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh of Indian Army were killed in action during search operations being conducted by the Indian Army along with Jammu and Kashmir Police in densely forested area of Nar Khas forest in Mendhar, District Poonch.

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“Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh were part of search operations launched by the security forces to flush out terrorists hiding in the forested area,” said the spokesman.

He said that on October 14, after a fierce firefight with terrorists, the communication with Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh was disrupted.

“Relentless operations continued to neutralize the terrorists and to re-establish communication with the soldiers,” he said.

The spokesman said that Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh were killed in action in the fierce fight and their bodies were recovered this evening.

The operations in the area are continuing, he said.

The encounter broke out along the Line of Control as a group of heavily armed terrorists in Mendhar sub division opened fire on a search party.

The Counter Terrorist operation started in the area of Nar Khas Forest, the Army spokesperson said.

The search operation was launched October 11 after the Surankote operation.

There were three to four terrorists who fired at the joint patrol party in Bhatadharian of Nar Khas Forest.

Earlier, one JCO and four jawans were killed in a gun battle in Surankote area of Poonch district and on Friday, Army confirmed the killing of two riflemen in the counter insurgency operation.

However, searches were being carried out to flush out remaining armed terrorists hiding in the woods along the LoC.

The Jammu and Kashmir Ghaznavi Force had claimed responsibility for the October 11 attack.

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