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DIG, SSP Escape Unhurt in Militant Attack, Arms and Ammo Recovered

Srinagar, June 12: The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kathua narrowly escaped a militant attack during an ongoing anti-militant operation in Hiranagar, an official reported.

The official stated that the attack occurred when a militant, who was hiding, fired over two dozen rounds at the convoy of the two police officers. Fortunately, no harm was caused to the officers or any of their personnel, according to the Wattan daily.

In the wake of this attack, security forces have recovered a significant cache of arms and ammunition near the site of the ongoing gunfight. The recovered items include three magazines containing 30 rounds each, an additional magazine with 24 rounds, and 75 rounds found in a separate polythene bag.

Among the other items recovered were three live grenades, currency worth 1 lakh (200 notes of 500 rupees each), and various eatables such as Pak-made chocolates, dry channa, and stale chapatis. Also found were Pak-made medicines, pain-killer injections, a syringe, two packs of A4 batteries, and a handset wrapped in tape with an antenna and two wires hanging from it.

In a related development, authorities have ordered the suspension of traffic on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot Highway following a militant attack on a joint security forces camp in the Chattergala area of Bhaderwah. The suspension will remain in effect until further notice to ensure the safety of civilians and facilitate ongoing operations.

The incident highlights the ongoing threat posed by militants in the region and the relentless efforts of security forces to counter these threats. Despite the dangers, the prompt response and resilience of the officers and personnel have been commendable.

The recovery of such a substantial amount of arms, ammunition, and other supplies indicates the preparedness and potential plans of the militants, emphasizing the need for continued vigilance and security operations.

Further details on the situation are awaited as security forces continue to secure the area and search for any remaining militants. The authorities remain on high alert to prevent any further incidents. (WD)

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