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An attempt to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch region of Jammu and Kashmir was thwarted on Wednesday, and two terrorists were killed in a heavy battle with army forces, according to a defence spokesman.

According to Jammu-based defence PRO Lt Col Suneel Bartwal, while the body of one terrorist and some warlike supplies have been found, a search operation for the body of the second terrorist is still under way.

He said that two terrorists were seen crossing the Line of Control on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday in the Mandi sub-sector of Poonch, prompting the beginning of the operation.

The Indian Army and police quickly began a coordinated effort to stop the terrorists. The PRO added that both terrorists were killed on Wednesday. “The terrorists used the hostile terrain, dense jungle, and steep gradient to bring down a heavy volume of fire on the troops,” the PRO stated.

According to officials, shortly after midnight, the terrorists were seen going towards the border fence in the Sawjian neighbourhood of Mandi while hiding in the shadows.

When the military faced the infiltrating terrorists, a heated gunbattle between the two sides broke out, according to the officials, who added that there were no casualties among the security personnel.

A hard-core terrorist was shot and killed by security forces in the isolated Gali Sohab village in the Tuli area of the Reasi district just two days prior to the confrontation near the LoC.

Another terrorist, though, had been able to flee. On Wednesday, the third day of a huge search effort launched to find him began.

This year, there have been multiple encounters in the border region between Poonch and Rajouri that have resulted in the deaths of about 22 militants and 10 security officers.

According to the government, the majority of the terrorists were killed while attempting to cross the border into this side.

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