On Friday, the Indian Army posted pictures of the hideout located in the dense forests of Rajouri district that terrorists had been using to carry out their operations in the recent Rajouri encounter, which resulted in the loss of five army personnel.
Army officials, sharing images of the 'small cave,' stated that such hideouts were 'relatively difficult to detect and breach.'
Lt. Gen Upendra Dwivedi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command, said on Friday that some of the terrorists who had crossed into India from across the border were retired Pakistan soldiers.
Addressing the media, Lt. General Dwivedi said, "They may have received training in many countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. They were very well trained, which is why it took us some time to eliminate them."
"Our troops fought with courage. Lance Naik Sanjay Bisht had promised to eliminate them within 7 days, and the statement given by Captain MV Pranjal's father in Bengaluru (about how the family was waiting to hear from him and, instead, received his mortal remains) will motivate our soldiers to discharge their salient duties against all odds," the General further said.
During the more 36-hour-long gunfight with security forces on Wednesday and Thursday (22-23 November), two terrorists, including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, were killed.
Large quantities of 'war-like stores' were also recovered from the encounter site.
At a solemn ceremony in Jammu earlier today (24 November), the fallen soldiers were bid a tearful farewell during a wreath-laying tribute.
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