Firing in Poonch as security forces sweep area a day after 7 militants killed

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videoFiring resumed between troops and militants on Monday morning in the border town of Poonch, following Sunday’s day-long operations in which three suicide attackers were gunned down. Deputy inspector general of police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Johny William told Hindustan Times that search operations had been launched as first light broke at the mini secretariat building where some militants are hiding out.
 “As the security personnel were conducting searches, fresh firing broke out. As of now we cannot give the exact number of militants but there could be one or two ultras. Yesterday, the forces had gunned down three suicide attackers,” William said. Security forces had cordoned the areas last evening, forcing the militants to split into two teams — one team entered the under-construction mini-secretariat and the other barged into the house of Mohammed Nazir Mir in the neighbouring Allah Peer locality.
The army said bodies of the three ultras were yet to be retrieved and operations were not over. A policeman was also killed in the action on Sunday as security forces pursued the militants. Another attack close to an army base saw soldiers kill four other infiltrators in north Kashmir. The gunfights close to the line of control (LoC) came on the day home minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir where the death toll in more than two months of street protests climbed to 78. 
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