Mrunal Manmay Dash

An Indian Army jawan from Alagum near Sakhigopal in Puri district of Odisha was among the five army personnel who lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as Debasis Biswal.

Another soldier was seriously injured in the incident and was evacuated immediately to the Army Hospital at Rajouri.

All five deceased personnel belonged to the Rashtriya Rifles Unit and were deployed for counterterrorist operations in the area.

The Northern Command Headquarters said, “Today, at approximately 1500 hours, one Army vehicle, moving between Bhimber Gali and Poonch in the Rajouri 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."

Operations are in progress to trace the perpetrators, the statement said, adding further details are being ascertained.

(Reported By Dwitikrushna Patnaik, OTV)