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Amid Army’s Deadliest Week In J&K This Year, A Tough New Task

The army battled difficult odds on Friday to retrieve the bodies of two fallen soldiers in the dense forests of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir where they were killed in action last evening, following what is turning out to be one of the deadliest encounters in the union territory in recent times.
Sources said it was a risky mission as the terrorists have gone into hiding deep inside the forest and have been firing at the security forces. After suspending the operation for the night, the bodies of Riflemen Yogambar Singh and Vikram Singh Negi were recovered this afternoon, a police officer said.

With the loss of the two soldiers, the army suffered seven casualties this week in the ongoing operation – five soldiers were killed in action when the encounter started on Monday. Security forces have stepped up operations in Kashmir after several civilian killings last week.

The authorities have closed the Poonch-Jammu Highway as a safety measure.

The heavily armed terrorists seem to be well entrenched in the forests and the operation to neutralise them is proving to be tough, sources said.

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