Another encounter breaks out in pooch, hours after the death of 5 army personnel

12th Oct,2021

Another encounter breaks out in pooch, hours after the death of 5 army personnel

On Monday, 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 , another encounter started nearby, according to news agency ANI. The news agency reported that an army personnel was wounded 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 started early on Monday in a village in Dehra Ki Gali (DKG) area after the army got intelligence input about the presence of terrorists.

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

Officials said earlier that there are reports about the presence of a group of heavily armed terrorists in the forest after they managed to creep from across the Line of Control (LoC). They added that reinforcements have been rushed to the area to plug all escape routes to ensure the terrorists are captured. The fresh fatalities come after a series of targeted attacks left seven civilians dead in the Kashmir Valley this month.

Meanwhile, the Congress’ Jammu and Kashmir unit expressed grief over the killing of the five army personnel and requested the BJP-led government to take effective measures to contain Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the Union territory. J-K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir and other senior party leaders termed the attack on the Indian Army as a "cowardly act" and the party expressed serious concern over the increasing incidents of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.