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Video: Encounter enters day 8, forces comb Mendhar woods to pin down terrorists

Jammu: Exchange of fire between security forces and a group of terrorists hiding in Mendhar forests began Monday as the gun battle in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir that has so far witnessed the killing of nine soldiers resumed on the eighth day at the break of dawn.
“As per inputs, 3-4 terrorists are engaged in the gunfight,” the sources said. Paratroopers were inducted on Saturday to take on the heavily-armed militants hiding in the forests as the union territory witnesses one of the deadliest encounters post abrogation of Article 370 removing special status to the erstwhile state.
Official sources said the joint team of Army, police, para military troops along with elite commandos were already searching the Nar Khas forests of Mendhar. Helicopters are also being used to track down the terrorists.
“The terrorists are holed up in a dense forested area and firing intermittently which is effectively being retaliated by the search parties,” they said.
Army personnel have been advancing cautiously as the terrorists, who are heavily armed, appear to be well entrenched in the forests, the sources said.