- Videos show large groups of terrorists moving freely in the area
- Sources: More than 3,000 Army, CRPF and police personnel involved
- First major security operation in the state since last year
This is the first major security operation in Kashmir since last year, when security operations were stopped because of large-scale protests and stone throwing.
Sources say more than 3,000 personnel of the Army, Central Reserve Police Force and Jammu and Kashmir police are involved in the operation launched early this morning. Over two dozen villages, orchards and forest areas are being searched.
A number of videos surfaced recently showing large groups of heavily-armed terrorists marching in the orchards of Shopian in south Kashmir.
Around 100 local young men are suspected to have joined militancy after the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July last year.
In last three days, terrorists have taken away nine rifles after attacking the police in Kulgam and Shopian. Three banks were also looted in the same area.