5 Soldiers Killed, 5 Injured in Terrorist Ambush on Army Convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: Five Army personnel were killed and an equal number injured on Monday when terrorists ambushed their vehicle in the remote Machedi area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, officials reported.

The terrorists hurled a grenade and opened fire on Army vehicles patrolling the Machedi-Kindli-Malhar road around 3:30 pm near Badnota village in Lohai Malhar, approximately 150 km from Kathua town.

Security forces retaliated, but the terrorists fled into the nearby forest. An intermittent exchange of fire continued between the terrorists and security forces when the last reports were received.

Reinforcements have been dispatched to neutralize the terrorists, believed to have recently infiltrated from across the border and were moving to higher reaches.

“A total of 10 troopers were injured, and four of them later succumbed to their injuries,” an official stated.

This incident marks the second major event in Kathua district in the past four weeks.

On June 12 and 13, two terrorists and a CRPF jawan were killed in a fierce gunfight during a search and cordon operation.

The recent terror attack follows a gunfight between terrorists and security forces in the Gandoh area of Doda district on June 26, which resulted in the deaths of three foreign terrorists.

Jammu has seen a rise in terror activities, which authorities attribute to attempts by Pakistani handlers to revive terrorism in the region and disrupt the peaceful atmosphere.

On June 9, terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims from the Shiv Khori temple in Reasi district, killing nine people, including the driver and conductor, and injuring 41 others.

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