Civilian human shield, big worry

With rising incidents of civilians interfering in anti-terrorist operations, sometimes leading to the escape of the militants, the Army is redrawing its tactics to deal with such situations.

Published: 18th February 2017 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2017 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: With rising incidents of civilians interfering in anti-terrorist operations, sometimes leading to the escape of the militants, the Army is redrawing its tactics to deal with such situations.

Following the death of Burhan Wani, the trend of a mob surrounding encounter sites has gained momentum.

According to sources, at least 25 militants have managed to flee from 12 encounters after the security personnel were mobbed by civilians.

Apprehensive about the increase in the trend, local commanders are now focusing on a more structured approach, in co-ordination with the police and para-military forces. This review of the operational tactics also comes in the backdrop of six soldiers getting killed in encounters last week.

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