M S Nazki
Poonch : Four soldiers were killed and three others were injured in a militant attack in DKG area on Thursday, officials said.
They said that army retaliated after being attacked by the militants. “The troops were going to reinforce a joint operation against terrorists going on in the area since last evening,” they said.
Sources identified the deceased as B Singh, K Kumar, C Kumar and G Kumar while injured as Sundeep Kumar, S S Dass and T D Bhaskarrav. However army have confirmed three fatalities and injuries to as many men.
“An operation was being conducted in general area DKG(Dera ki Gali) , Thanamandi, Rajouri, since the night of 20 December 2023,” a defence ministry spokesperson based in Jammu said.
“At approximately 3:45 PM on 21 December, two army vehicles carrying troops were moving to the operational site, which were fired upon by the terrorist.
The fire was immediately retaliated upon by own troops,” he said, adding, “In the ongoing operation, own troops sustained 3 fatal and 3 non fatal casualties.”
He said operations are in progress. “Further details are being ascertained.”
Meanwhile, officials told Thannamandi DKG Bufliaz road closed due to ongoing encounter. “As such all are informed to use BG – Jara wali Gali road to travel Srinagar or Poonch,” they added.