Poonch/Jammu: 4 troopers had been killed and three injured when closely armed militants ambushed two Military autos in Poonch district on Thursday, officers mentioned.
The autos, carrying the personnel to the location of a cordon-and-search operation, got here beneath assault at a blind curve at Dhatyar Morh between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz beneath the jurisdiction of Surankote police station round 3.45 pm, in line with officers.
Jammu-based defence PRO Lt Col Suneel Bartwal mentioned a joint search operation was launched within the common space of Dhera Ki Gali within the Thanamandi-Surankote area of Poonch district Wednesday evening primarily based on “exhausting intelligence” in regards to the presence of terrorists and an encounter ensued there.
As extra forces had been transferring to the location, the militants fired upon the Military autos — a truck and a Gypsy.
The troops swiftly responded to the assault, the defence spokesperson mentioned.
Within the ongoing operation, 4 troopers had been killed and three injured, the officers mentioned.
The operation is in progress and additional particulars are being ascertained, they added.
Disturbing photographs and movies rising from the location confirmed blood on the road, damaged helmets of troopers and shattered windscreens of the 2 Military autos.
The officers haven’t dominated out the potential for the troopers partaking in hand-to-hand fight with militants through the intense confrontation.
The officers mentioned there was a risk that militants had walked away with arms of the focused troopers.
Because the operation continues, authorities are diligently working to assemble extra data and convey an finish to the menace posed by terrorists within the area.
The ambush got here weeks after a significant gunfight within the Dharmsal belt of Bajimaal forest space in close by Rajouri district that left 5 Military personnel, together with two captains, useless final month.
The stretch between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz on the boundary of Rajouri and Poonch districts is densely forested and results in Chamrer forest after which Bhata Dhurian forest, the place 5 troopers had been killed in an ambush on an Military automobile on April 20 this 12 months.
In Could, 5 extra Military personnel had been killed and a major-rank officer was injured in Chamrer forest throughout an anti-militancy operation. A international militant was additionally killed within the operation.
This 12 months, Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi districts witnessed a sequence of encounters that left 54 individuals, together with 19 safety personnel and 28 militants, useless up to now, the officers mentioned, ascribing the uptick in violence to “determined makes an attempt from throughout the border” to revive terrorism within the area.
Whereas 31 individuals, together with 10 terrorists and 14 safety personnel, had been killed in Rajouri, 15 militants and 5 safety personnel had been killed in Poonch district. Three terrorists had been killed in Reasi district.
Earlier in October 2021, 9 troopers had been killed in two separate assaults within the forested area. Whereas 5 Military personnel, together with a junior commissioned officer (JCO), had been killed on October 11 in Chamrer, a JCO and three troopers had been killed on October 14 in a close-by forest.(PTI)
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