Militants may have infiltrated in Poonch: Army

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 15:40 hrs

Jammu, Feb 17 (IANS) A group of half a dozen militants may have succeeded in infiltrating into India in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, army sources said Sunday, adding searches were on.

According to army sources, a group of 4-5 people was detected by army troops in Hamirpur area of Poonch, about 240 km northwest of Jammu, early Sunday morning.

They said the area was immediately cordoned off and the group was challenged by army troops.

"In response, the group members went into hiding in the bushes and opened indiscriminate fire on troops," said a source, adding and exchange of fire for over an hour followed.

An extensive search operation was launched in the area after the firing stopped but "so far there has been no recovery of any sorts".

Police have also joined the army in carrying out searches. The army sources suspect that the group has been able to intrude into the Indian side. The operation will resume Monday morning.

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