9 Jul 2024

Jammu and Kashmir: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh condoles martyrdom of five soldiers in Kathua

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed grief over the terrorist attack on Indian soldiers in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajnath Singh wrote on the social media platform X, "I am deeply saddened by the death of our five brave soldiers in a terrorist attack in Badnota, Kathua."

"My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. The country stands firmly with them in this difficult time. Anti-terrorism operations are being carried out and our soldiers are committed to maintaining peace and order in the area."

He has wished for the speedy recovery of those injured in this incident.

Grenade attack on military convoy 

On Monday, an Indian Army convoy was attacked in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, in which five soldiers were martyred. Since then, a search operation is being carried out in the entire area.

Five Army personnel were martyred and six others injured in a terrorist attack on a military convoy in the remote Machedi area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district on Monday afternoon. The convoy was on a routine patrol along the Machedi-Kindli-Malhar road, approximately 150 km from Kathua, when it was ambushed. The injured soldiers have been transported to a hospital for treatment.

The attack began with terrorists throwing a grenade at the convoy before opening fire. The security forces retaliated, but the assailants managed to escape into a nearby forest. Following the attack, reinforcements were dispatched, and a search operation was launched to track down the terrorists. Officials reported that intermittent gunfire continues between the terrorists and security forces.

Rahul Gandhi, Kharge demand strict action

Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, emphasized the need for strict action in response to the ongoing terrorist attacks, rather than "hollow speeches and false promises." Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge expressed deep sorrow over the martyrdom of the soldiers, stating, "Deeply anguished at the martyrdom of our four brave Indian Army soldiers in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua. Six jawans are also injured." He condemned the attack on the Army convoy in the strongest possible terms.

This incident marks the second attack on the Indian Army in the Jammu region within the past 48 hours. On Sunday, an Army camp in Rajouri district was attacked, resulting in one soldier being injured.

Six terrorists were killed in two separate encounters

The Monday attack occurred just 24 hours after six terrorists were killed in two separate encounters in J&K's Kulgam district. These encounters, which began on Saturday, also resulted in the deaths of two soldiers, including a paratrooper, and injuries to another soldier. 

According to police, the first encounter happened in Modergam village when security forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Army, and local police, launched a search operation based on intelligence reports about terrorist activity. During the initial exchange of gunfire, a paratrooper was fatally wounded.

The operation escalated into a full-scale assault on a house where the terrorists had taken shelter. By late Saturday night, security forces had destroyed the house and recovered the bodies of two terrorists.

At the same time, another intense gun battle took place in Kulgam's Frisal area. Drone footage later revealed the bodies of four terrorists after a prolonged firefight. One soldier was killed and another injured during this confrontation.

The four terrorists killed in Frisal were identified as Yawar Bashir Dar, Zahid Ahmad Dar, Tawheed Ahmad Rather, and Shakeel Ahmad Wani. The two terrorists in Modergam were identified as Faisal and Adil.

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