JAMMU: Gunshots rang out deep inside the dense Nar Khas forest in J&K’s Poonch for the seventh consecutive day as security forces on Sunday moved to cordon off a possible hideout of the terrorist infiltrators behind the killing of nine Army personnel over the past week. As fighting resumed, the authorities sealed a highway running close to one of the encounter sites, sources said. Three suspects were detained in a simultaneous crackdown on locals accused of providing logistical support to the terrorists. Since the first of several gunfights took place in the Surankote area on October 11, the police and paramilitary forces have joined the Army in making inroads into the rough terrain of Bhatidhariyan in search of the fleeing terrorists. Elite para commandos of the Army and helicopters were deployed two days ago to help track them down. Interrogation of the three detained suspects, all of them residents of the area, could lead to a breakthrough soon, sources said. Two junior commissioned officers were among the nine Army personnel killed in action on October 11 as the fighting spread from Poonch to the adjoining frontier district of Rajouri. After suffering five casualties on the first day, the Army retrieved two bodies each from the forest on Friday and Saturday.

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