Anantnag encounter: A drone footage of the ongoing security operation in Anantnag's Kokernag in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) showed terrorists running away after an attack by security forces.
The drone footage showed the terrorists hiding in a natural cave in the mountains of Gadole forests in Kokarnag area of Anantnag.
According to reports, at least two terrorists are believed to be hiding up in the cave.
The Indian forces used new-generation weapons and devices, including strike-capable Heron drones, in the anti-terror operation.
Drones were pressed into service to pinpoint the location of terrorists who have taken positions in the forest area on a hilly terrain in Anantnag district as the security operation entered the third day.
Additional Director General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said the operation was launched based on specific input and is currently underway.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Kumar said the two-three trapped terrorists will be neutralised.
"Retired police/Army officers should avoid 'ambush hypothesis'. It is a specific input-based ops. Ops is in progress and all 2-3 trapped terrorists will be neutralised," he said.
Anantnag encounter entered third day
As the gunfight entered its third day, security forces fired mortar shells towards the forest area on the mountainous terrain. Drones were pressed into service for aerial surveillance.
"The forces fired mortar shells on the terrain where they believe the terrorists are hiding based on drone surveillance," the officials said. The security forces have maintained a tight cordon in the area, they added.
Major Ashish Dhonchak, 19 Rashtriya Rifles Commanding Officer Col Manpreet Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Humayun Bhat and a soldier were killed in an encounter with the terrorists at Gadole in the Kokernag area of the south Kashmir district on Wednesday.
With inputs from PTI