Internal Security

Hours after 5 army personnel die, another encounter breaks out in J-K’s Poonch

By Hindustan Times

Hours after a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and four soldiers of the Indian Army were killed in an exchange of fire with heavily armed terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Monday, another encounter started nearby, according to news agency ANI. The news agency reported that an army personnel was injured in the latest encounter around 2km from the site of the earlier gunfight.

The JCO and the four soldiers were killed in a forested area in Surankote during an anti-insurgency operation. According to defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand, the operation was launched early on Monday in a village in Dehra Ki Gali (DKG) area after the army received intelligence input about the presence of terrorists.

Anand said that the insurgents opened fire on its personnel during the cordon-and-search operation initiated by the army. The JCO and the four soldiers were critically injured in the gunfight and were evacuated to the nearest medical facility but they succumbed to their injuries.

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