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5 Army Soldiers, SPO Injured After Nocturnal Gunfight in Doda: Police

Jammu, June 12 – In a nocturnal gunfight that erupted in the Chattargala area of Doda district, five Army soldiers and a Special Police Officer (SPO) sustained injuries, according to police sources.

The encounter began around 1:45 am when a joint team of the Army and police, conducting a Naka (checkpoint) operation, engaged with militants. The confrontation led to an exchange of gunfire, resulting in injuries to the security personnel.

Officials reported that the injured soldiers and the SPO were quickly evacuated from the scene and transported to the Sub-District Hospital (SDH) in Bhaderwah for immediate medical treatment. The nature of their injuries has not been disclosed, but all were due to bullet wounds.

Currently, there has been no further exchange of gunfire in the area, but security forces have intensified search operations to locate and neutralize the militants involved in the initial skirmish.

The incident has heightened tensions in the region, known for its periodic militant activities. The joint forces’ presence is significant in maintaining security and countering insurgent threats.

Authorities have increased patrols and checkpoints in surrounding areas to prevent any potential escape of militants and to ensure the safety of the local population. The situation remains fluid, with security forces maintaining a high alert.

Residents of Chattargala and nearby areas have been advised to stay indoors and report any suspicious activities to the authorities immediately. The local administration is coordinating with security forces to monitor the situation closely.

This incident underscores the ongoing challenges faced by security forces in the region, as they continue to confront and neutralize militant threats to ensure peace and stability.

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