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Firing resumes in Arnia sector ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir; army to launch final assault any time now

Encounter between army troops and terrorists restarted in Arnia sector of Jammu on Friday morning.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: November 28, 2014 2:20:49 pm
arnia Soldiers carry arms and ammunition near the site of exchange of gunfire on Thursday. (Source: AP)

After a night long lull, the encounter between army troops and terrorists restarted in Arnia sector on Friday morning.

According to police, firing from terrorists holed up inside an army bunker came around 9.30 am when the later moved forward to ascertain that all of them were dead. The army has positioned its tanks for the final assault which, it said, could not be launched last night as some territorial army jawans were also trapped on a post in the vicinity of encounter site.

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As they have succeeded in moving out of the area, the final assault will be launched any time now, a police officer said.

Nearly a month ago, Arnia was the worst hit by unprecedented unprovoked shelling by Pakistani Rangers which had continued for over a fortnight leading to migration of a large number of villagers from their native places. (Source: AP) Nearly a month ago, Arnia was the worst hit by unprecedented unprovoked shelling by Pakistani Rangers which had continued for over a fortnight leading to migration of a large number of villagers from their native places. (Source: AP)

A group of heavily armed terrorists had on Thursday morning sneaked nearly two kilometres inside the Indian territory in Arnia sector from across the international border and killed three army men and civilians at Kathar.

During an over 12 hours long operation on Thursday, the army had claimed to have killed four terrorists. The Inspector General of Police for Jammu zone, Rajesh kumar, however, said that though local people claim to have seen four terrorists, there number can be more as well.

The fidayeens had taken refuge inside an army bunker and were reportedly using the army ammunition already stored there. (Source: AP) The fidayeens had taken refuge inside an army bunker and were reportedly using the army ammunition already stored there. (Source: AP)

The fresh infiltration by terrorists so deep inside the Indian territory on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Udhampur and Poonch has come as a surprise to many in view of BSF claims about intensified vigil along the international border after last month’s unprecedented mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers.

In view of the latest infiltration attempt by terrorists, the police has intensified security all along the national highway and roads leading to both Udhampur and Poonch where Modii is scheduled to hold election rallies during the day.

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