J&K: Militants attack army vehicles in Poonch, 3 jawans killed

According to the reports, the vehicles came under attack at Dera Ki Gali, or DKG, in Poonch's Surankote area around 3.45 p.m.

Poonch: Three soldiers were killed and as many injured when heavily armed militants ambushed two Army vehicles in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, December 21.

The vehicles carrying the personnel to the site of a cordon-and-search operation came under attack at Dhatyar Morh between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz under the jurisdiction of Surankote police station around 3.45 pm, according to officials.

A defense spokesperson said a joint search operation was launched in the general area of Dhera Ki Gali in Poonch district Wednesday night based on “hard intelligence” about the presence of terrorists, and an encounter ensued there.

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As additional forces were moving to the site, the terrorists fired upon the vehicles—a truck and a gypsy—killing three soldiers and seriously injuring three others, the officials said.

Reinforcements were rushed to the site of the ambush, and a massive anti-terrorist operation was launched.

Disturbing images and videos emerging from the site showed blood on the street, broken helmets of soldiers, and shattered windscreens of the two Army vehicles.

The officials said there was a possibility that terrorists had walked away with the arms of the targeted soldiers.

The stretch between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz on the boundary of Rajouri and Poonch districts is densely forested and leads to Chamrer forest and then Bhata Dhurian forest, where five soldiers were killed in an ambush on an Army vehicle on April 20 this year.

In May, five more Army personnel were killed and a major-rank officer was injured in Chamrer Forest during an anti-terrorist operation. A foreign militant was also killed in the operation.

Earlier in October 2021, nine soldiers were killed in two separate attacks by militants in the forested region. While five Army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), were killed on October 11 in Chamrer, a JCO and three soldiers were killed on October 14 in a nearby forest.

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