At least five Indian army soldiers are reported to have been killed in an encounter with militants in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a defense spokesperson, the Indian army launched their operation in the Dera Ki Gali in Surankote in the early hours after they received inputs on the presence of militants there. Among those killed are one junior commissioned officer and four jawans of the Indian army.
Several other soldiers have sustained injuries with two amongst them are believed to be in serious condition.
According to the defence spokesperson, the injured JCO and four other soldiers were rushed to a nearby hospital after being rescued, but they succumbed to their injuries.
Reacting to the news, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted, “Our worst fears are coming true. With Pakistan backed Taliban taking over Afganistan, terrorism is increasing in Kashmir. Minorities are being selectively targeted & now five soldiers have been killed in action in Surankote sector. We need to deal with it decisively and firmly.”
Jammu and Kashmir is now a union territory with the LG being in charge of the governance and managing the security of the region. LG Manoj Sinha was appointed by the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.
The Modi government had removed the statehood status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.