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Fire-fight between militants and the security forces ongoing in the Ganderbal region of Kashmir
Local media reported that the army launched the counter-insurgency operation at around 5 am today, in the forested area of Kangan, located in the Ganderbal district. The region is some 25 miles to the north of the state capital of Srinagar. Kangan region is located close to the National Highway 1D, which connects Srinagar with the city of Leh in the Ladakh region.
Army officials claimed that the entire area has been cordoned off, and the operation won’t be called off until the remaining militants are either killed or surrendered. Local sources claimed that a total of eight militants are currently holed up in the remote and forested terrain of Kangan. Earlier, the reports had claimed that there were only four insurgents.
According to the Indian defence authorities, the current operation is concentrated in and around the villages of Chattergul, located in the Kangan forest. Troops from the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (24 RR) are conducting search and destroy missions, with the help from the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir police force. Lieutenant Colonel JS Brar of the 24 RR said that all of the insurgents seem to be foreigners, although he refused to reveal their nationality.
The district of Ganderbal was created in 2007, after carving out two tehsils from the district of Srinagar. The region was one of the hotbeds of militancy during the 1990s, although the situation has remained relatively calm for the past several years.