Anantnag Operation: Gunfight ends after seven days, 2 terrorists eliminated
Anantnag Operation: In the heart of the dense forests of Gadol in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, a relentless week-long battle between security forces and a group of highly trained terrorists ended with the elimination of two heavily armed terrorists, who had been holding out using the dense forest cover and knowledge of the local terrain.
The official media release of Indian Army states, "A joint operation was conducted from September 13–19 by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police in the area of Garol, Anantnag, based on specific intelligence inputs regarding the presence of terrorists. The first contact was established on September 13, resulting in a firefight and a prolonged operation that continued until September 19."
Alongside, two AK Rifles, a pistol and other war-like stores were recovered from their busted hideout.
Notably, the ongoing gunfight between a combined team of security personnel from the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police and terrorists in the Kokernag area of the Anantnag district broke out on September 13.
The operation tragically claimed the lives of two valiant Army officers, Colonel Manpreet Singh and Major Ashish Dhonchak, along with Deputy Superintendent of Police Himayun Bhat. Additionally, two soldiers were injured, and another remains unaccounted for. Evacuating the injured and deceased personnel became an arduous task due to the relentless gunfire from the terrorists.
- With inputs from agencies