Srinagar: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir as four encounters with terrorists in the last 24 hours left four of their men dead.

In the latest attack on Tuesday morning, a soldier was martyred and another injured in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Anantnag has witnessed several such incidents in the recent past.

According to officials, an encounter is also taking place at Marhama Sangam village near Bijbihara town of the district. 

Sources said two terrorists have been killed in the encounter and an Army soldier was martyred. The police said one more terrorist is believed to be in hiding inside a building in the area. All of them are suspected terrorists of the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The 33 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have launched a joint operation. A search was launched before dawn in the area. The terrorists fired an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) on the search party. The operation is still underway.

First Attack

Security jawans were attacked by terrorists during a combing operation in Anantnag district on Monday. In the attack, an army Major Ketan Sharma was killed and another soldier was injured and is currently undergoing treatment. The attack took place in Badoora area of Achabal in the district. A terrorist was also killed in the encounter. The joint operation is being conducted by 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Second Attack

A multi-vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was targeted when terrorists triggered an IED device. Nine Army personnel and two civilians were injured in the attack. The vehicle was moving on Arihal-Pulwama road when the IED was detonated by terrorists, injuring the personnel travelling in a bullet-and-mine-proof Casper vehicle. The injured were admitted to a hospital and all of them are reported to be in stable condition. Two soldiers,  brought to the hospital with severe contusions and concussions, have succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment in 92 Base Hospital.

Third Attack

Terrorists lobbed a grenade at the headquarters of 180 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion camp in Tral sub-district of Pulwama late on Monday evening. The grenade exploded outside the headquarters. However, no injuries or casualties have been reported