3 soldiers killed in suicide attack at J-K’s Rajouri army base; 2 terrorists gunned down

J-K's Rajouri army base
J-K's Rajouri army base

J-K’s Rajouri army base: Two suicide bombers tried to enter an army post in Parghal area of ​​Darhal in Rajouri district, killing three jawans including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and injuring three others. Two terrorists were also killed in the encounter that followed.

The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday when alert sentries of the army post saw suspicious persons taking advantage of bad weather and dense foliage to approach their post.

J-K’s Rajouri army base 3 soldiers killed in suicide attack

“The sentry challenged the two terrorists who had hurled the grenade while trying to enter inside the post. However, the troops laid siege to the area and opened fire, pinning them down. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralised. Six Army personnel were injured in the operation, out of which three bravehearts succumbed to the suicide attack by terrorists,” said Army PRO Lt Col Devendra Anand.

The injured were immediately evacuated and taken to an army hospital where three of them succumbed to their injuries.

The martyred soldiers include Subedar Rajendra Prasad, resident of Maligowen village of Kashim Pura in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan; Rifleman Lakshmanan D, a resident of T Pudupatti village in Thummakundu in Madurai, Tamil Nadu; and Rifleman Manoj Kumar, resident of Shahjahanpur village of Chandpur, Faridabad, Haryana.

The incident was also reported to the police, following which teams of the Special Operations Group were sent to cordon off the area. Police and army were already on high alert after receiving intelligence inputs regarding the movement of two suspects in Darhal area.

Jammu Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Singh said, “As per the report of 11 Raj Rifles, someone tried to cross the fence of Army camp in Parghal. The sentry challenged and there was an exchange of fire. Additional teams have been sent to the location, about six kilometers away from the police station Darhal.

Sources said the terrorists were armed with AK series rifles, grenades and other arms and ammunition.