UPDATE AT 1845 HOURS: INCIDENT IN RAJOURI SECTOR
Attributable to HQ Northern Command
Today, at approximately 1500 hours, one Army vehicle, moving between Bhimber Gali and Poonch in the Rajauri sector was fired on by unidentified terrorists, taking advantage of heavy rains and low visibility in the area. The vehicle caught fire, due to likely use of grenades by terrorists.
Five personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles Unit deployed for Counter Terrorist operations, in this area, have unfortunately lost their lives in the incident.
Another seriously injured soldier was evacuated immediately to the Army Hospital at Rajauri and is under treatment.
Operations are in progress to locate the perpetrators.
Further details are being ascertained.
Poonch, J&K: As many as four personnel of the Indian Army died after an Army truck caught fire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch region on Thursday, officials said. The cause behind the fire could not be immediately ascertained. However, there is suspicion that the fire may have broken out due to a lightning strike.
In a short video of the incident, an army truck can be seen up in flames. Visuals clearly showed the burning truck on the Jammu-Poonch highway. According to local media reports, fire engines have reached the spot. Official confirmation of the incident is awaited.