Two Indian Army soldiers lost their lives during a cordon and search operation in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera, Indian Army Public Relations Officer (PRO) Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said. The operation had carried out following information on the movement of suspected terrorists trying to sneak in from Pakistan.
Infiltrators opened fire on Indian soldiers, as soon as the operation had launched. The infiltrators got intercepted in the Khari Thrayat forest when they were trying to sneak into India from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), they said.
The gunfight erupted a day after new army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane warned Pakistan that a new normal in India’s response mechanism to cross-border terrorism has already displayed. The search operation had launched following information about the movement of suspected terrorists, the officials said, adding that the operation is on in the area.
"If Pakistan does not stop its policy of state-sponsored terrorism, we reserve the right to preemptively strike at the sources of the terror threat and this intent has adequately demonstrated in our response during surgical strikes and Balakot operation," the Army Chief said.