A joint operation by the army and J&K police is underway in the dense forests of Garol, where two to three terrorists are believed to be holed up since Wednesday after killing two army officers and a police officer in the initial exchange of fire.
According to news agency PTI, security personnel found two bodies in the forest on Monday. The agency quoted unnamed officials as saying that one of the bodies was of the solider who had gone missing on the first day of the operation and the second was of one of the terrorists.
As the search for terrorists continues, it is fast becoming one of the longest operations since 2015, when security forces were engaged in a 24-day-long operation in Manigah forests in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The Manigah operation was launched on November 17, 2015, after two-three terrorists managed to sneak into the dense forest following initial encounters with security forces, in which the Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles ColonelSantosh Mahadik was killed on November 17 and another officer Lt Col Karan Bir Singh Natt was injured on November 22.