Poonch, Oct 11: Five soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed after an encounter broke out between the Army and militants in Poonch district’s Dehra Ki Gali (DKG) area Monday.
Army spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand said the encounter is still underway. The gunfight began after a cordon-and-search operation was carried out by the Indian Army on the basis of intelligence inputs in villages close to DKG in the Surankote jurisdiction of Poonch district.
The encounter started in the morning following intelligence inputs. As the Army launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the area, where three to four militants were believed holed up, militants fired, which was retaliated leading to the encounter,” sources added.
Exchange of fire is still underway, a defence spokesperson said.
Confirming the incident, Defence PRO (Jammu) Lt Col Devender Anand said,”Based on intelligence inputs, today morning Indian Army has launched a Cordon and Search
operation in villages close to Dera Ki Gali (DKG) in Surankote jurisdiction of district Poonch.”
He said that in the ongoing encounter with militants, one JCO, four jawans of Indian Army suffered critical injuries who were immediately shifted to nearby medical facility.”
Col Anand added that critically injured JCO and four jawans were evacuated to the nearest medical facility, and succumbed to their injuries during treatment. (KNT)