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Security Forces Launch Search Ops In J&Kโ€™s Kathua Day After Terrorists Kill 5 Soldiers – News18

Security Forces Launch Search Ops In J&Kโ€™s Kathua Day After Terrorists Kill 5 Soldiers – News18


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Soldiers carry out search operations in and around the Machedi area of Kathua district. (Screengrabs/ANI)

Five army personnel were killed and four others were injured after an Indian Army convoy was attacked by terrorists in the Machedi area of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday

A day after five soldiers were killed in an attack by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmirโ€™s Kathua, security forces have launched a search operation in the Machedi area.

Five army personnel were killed and four others were injured after an Indian Army convoy was attacked by terrorists in the Machedi area of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

The area falls under the 9 Corps of the Indian Army. After firing by terrorists, our troops also retaliated, as per defence officials.

The terrorists hurled a grenade and opened fire targeting Army vehicles which were on a routine patrol on the Machedi-Kindli-Malhar road at around 3.30 pm near Badnota village in Lohai Malhar, 150 km from Kathua town.

Security forces retaliated but the terrorists fled into the nearby forest, the officials said, adding an intermittent exchange of firing was going on between the terrorists and security forces when the last reports were received.

They said reinforcements have been rushed to the area to neutralise the terrorists, who are believed to have recently infiltrated from across the border and were moving to the higher reaches.

โ€œThe four troopers who have been injured were in the vehicle which came under grenade attack and firing by the terrorists,โ€ an official said.

They said the injured were shifted to a military hospital, where the condition of two of them was stated to be โ€œcriticalโ€.

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





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