Shopian: Army calls off cordon and search operation after failing to locate militants
Security forces in Jammu & Kashmir called off a cordon and search operation they had launched in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday, after failing to locate any militants or their hide-outs. The search operation was launched in Heff village in the Zainapora area, an Army official said. The official said a large number of security forces were involved in the search operation, which started in the early hours on Wednesday. However, the operation was hampered by local residents who pelted the forces with stones, a police official said.
The army official added that additional security force personnel were sent to the area to disperse the stone-pelters. No casualties were reported, the official said, adding that as the forces did not find any militants or hideouts, the operation was called off. The search operation comes two weeks after a similar but larger operation was launched in Shopian district to flush out militants.
While the security forces did not find anything in the day-long search operations on May 4 spanning nearly two dozen villages and involving more than 4,000 troops, the militants attacked an Army patrol as they were retreating from the operations on May 4, leading to the death of a taxi …read more