INDIA: A terrorist attack on a military vehicle today in Poonch, in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, resulted in the deaths of five Indian Army troops and the grievous injury of another.
The terrorists opened fire on the vehicle at around 3 o’clock near the Bhimber Gali area, and it later caught fire from what was probably a grenade attack, according to the Army.
5 Indian Army soldiers killed in terrorist attack
According to a formal statement from the Army headquarters, Northern Command, the unnamed terrorists opened fire at the Army vehicle by taking advantage of the area’s heavy rain and poor sight. The defense officials further stated that the use of grenades by terrorists was probably the cause of the vehicle catching fire.
According to the Army, the event resulted in the deaths of five members of the Rashtriya Rifles regiment who were on duty for counterterrorism operations in the region. During the incident, another soldier suffered significant injuries that required evacuation to a hospital, where he is currently receiving care. The defense officials stated that efforts are currently being made to find the attackers.
“Anguished by the tragedy in Poonch District (J&K), where the Indian Army lost its brave soldiers after a truck caught fire. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” said Rajnath Singh, the defence minister.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, announced he would travel to India next month for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting and a G20 Tourism Working Group conference in Srinagar in May.
The security situation in the Union territory was assessed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, as well as other top officials, including Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbag Singh.