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Securitymen near the body of one of the terrorists killed after an encounter in Hiranagar on Thursday. — PTI

Securitymen near the body of one of the terrorists killed after an encounter in Hiranagar on Thursday. — PTI  

Hiranagar (Kathua dt.) Oct. 3. Two terrorists, who mowed down eight civilians here on Tuesday, were killed after a 12 hour-long combing operation by the Army and police today.

In the encounter, the DSP, Jagtar Singh, lost his life and two constables suffered bullet wounds. The injured were rushed to the Government Medical College, Jammu, where they were declared out of danger.

Police sources told The Hindu that last night a radio conversation between the militants and their mentors from across the International Border was intercepted. During the conversation, the latter gave details of the route to be followed by the militants while returning to Shakargarh tehsil of Pakistan. On the basis of this information, a police team, headed by Mr. Singh, rushed to the Jandi Nala area of Hiranagar, 3 km from the Jammu-Pathonkot National Highway. As the search was on, the militants, hiding under a bridge opened fire.

In the exchange of fire, a terrorist was killed even as his accomplice engaged the troops till this morning. The second terrorist was finally killed around 10 a.m.

Talking to presspersons, the DIG (Jammu), Dilbagh Singh, said, "The terrorists were Pakistani nationals and have been identified as Abu Talla and Abu Sama."

An assault rifle, a wireless set and dry fruits were recovered from the terrorists, who were wearing police uniforms. A huge quantity of explosives was also recovered.

Mr. Singh said that a search was on for another terrorist. The entire stretch from Londi to Sherpur, close to the International Border, had been cordoned off by police.

In another incident in the Jammu division, Army personnel gunned down seven militants when they were trying to cross the border near the Lanjyote forward post in Balakot sector. The operation was led by Captain Dilip Jha, who was killed in the operation. Captain Jha, who hailed from Bihar, was described as a brave officer by his colleagues.

On Wednesday, the Army had foiled an infiltration bid in the Mandi area of Poonch district by gunning down four Hizb-e-Islami militants.

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