Three Army personnel lost their lives while three others were injured in a terrorist attack on two military vehicles in the Thanamandi area in the Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir on December 21, an official said.
The terrorists ambushed two army vehicles carrying troops in Thanamandi, Rajouri.
“At approximately 3:45 PM on December 21, two army vehicles carrying troops were moving to the operational site, which were fired upon by the terrorist. The fire was immediately retaliated upon by own troops,” an Army official said.
The operation is underway in general area DKG (Dera ki Gali) since the night of December 20.
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“Indian Army troops immediately retaliated after being attacked by terrorists.The troops were going to reinforce a joint operation against terrorists underway in the area since last evening. The operations are taking place in the 48 Rashtriya Rifles area ,” Army Officials said.
Operation is in progress and further details are being ascertained, they added.
Last month, five soldiers including two Captains were killed in action after the army and its special forces launched an anti-terror operation in Rajouri’s Kalakote.
The region has become a hotbed of terrorists and a site of major attacks on the army over the past few years.
In April and May this year, 10 soldiers were killed in action in twin attacks in the Rajouri-Poonch region. This region had been largely free of terrorism between 2003 and 2021, after which frequent encounters started happening.
(With inputs from ANI)