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Massive combing ops on in Jammu

CNN-IBN
May 12, 2008 at 05:02pm IST

New Delhi: The situation in Jammu continues to remain tense a day after a 12-hour-long fierce gun battle took place between the security forces and the terrorists along the International Border in Samba district.

The Border Security Force (BSF) is currently carrying out combing operations to sanitise the area after more incidents of firing were reported at the region’s Kardi post early Monday morning.

Security forces killed one terrorist — involved in Sunday’s fire exchange — while he was attempting to sneak into the Army headquarters around 11 am.

Security forces have cordoned off the entire area including Samba, Bing Amba and upper- forested mountainous reaches on the International Border.

The GOC 9 Corps in Samba Lt Gen Vinay Sharma says there could be more terrorists hiding in the area.

“There are reports that more infiltrations may take place. Terrorists may be in the hiding in and around the area. We are conducting search operations outside garrison and in other towns,” he told CNN-IBN.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had blamed the BSF for the sudden rise in infiltration on the International Border over the last three years.

This appears to be immediate fallout of the gun battle between the security forces and terrorists on Sunday.

The IB has told the Centre, that terrorist organisations are exploiting the fact that BSF sometimes lower their vigil during these periods of lull.

They also added that Sunday's heavy firing and terrorists taking five civilians hostage was just the beginning of a grand plan of terrorist outfits to make their presence felt before the forthcoming assembly elections.

In a separate incident, a terrorist was shot dead in Draba near Surankot in Poonch sector.

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