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Anantnag Encounter Day-6 : Soldier’s charred body found, death toll reaches 6 *‘No clarity on terrorists’ killing, Op to continue today: Official *Charred body beyond recognition, will go for DNA test to confirm identity *81 including 33 local terrorists active in Kashmir’


Srinagar, Sep 18: The ongoing encounter at Gadool area of Kokernag hamlet of south 's Anantnag district entered the 6th straight day on Monday, with security forces recovering the body of the missing Army personnel. There is no also clarity about the killing of any terrorist in the ongoing operation as one charred body has been recovered.

An official told KNO news agency that the body of Army personnel Pradeep, who had been missing alongside Major Ashish on Wednesday last week, was recovered on Monday and is being transported back. This takes the toll in the encounter, including the unidentified charred body, to six.

While the Army is using the latest gadgets and weapons, there is no concrete evidence of whether the terrorists are still hiding in the area or have managed to flee.

The official said that intermittent firing was witnessed throughout the day (on Monday) and the combining operation in the area is likely to continue on Tuesday as well.

He said the para-commandos along with additional 20 companies of forces have been deployed in the area to search for terrorists hiding in the dense forests. The movement is being monitored closely by helicopters, he said.

During the joint security operation, we used grenade launchers and shells on suspected terrorist hideout locations using drones, but as of now, there is no confirmation about the killing of any terrorist as so far a single charred body beyond recognition has been recovered, he said, adding that they will likely go for DNA sampling to confirm the identity.

The official said that civilians living close to the area have been already evacuated to safer places and the drones including Herons have been pressed into action to find and neutralise the hiding terrorists.

“There is no confirmation whether any terrorist has been killed so far given the tough terrain and forest area,” he added.

Official sources said that there are 81 militants active in Kashmir division and among them, 33 are locals while the rest are non-locals.

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