An encounter between militants and security forces broke out in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday morning, leaving two Army members dead and four others, including an officer, injured. The incident happened in the Kesari neighbourhood of the Kandi hamlet.
Mobile internet services were suspended in Rajouri following the incident.
In a statement, Army PRO Lt. Col. Devender Anand stated that security forces had cordoned off a gang of terrorists in the Kandi region of the Kotranka sub-division and the encounter started around 8 am.
“Indian Army columns have been conducting relentless intelligence-based operations to flush out a group of terrorists involved in an ambush on an army truck in the Tota Gali area of Bhata Dhurian in Jammu region,” it stated.
A coordinated operation was started on May 3 in response to specific information concerning the presence of terrorists in the Kandi Forest in the Rajouri Sector. On Friday at 7:30 a.m., a search team made contact with a group of terrorists who were deeply entrenched in a cave. The region has rugged cliffs and dense vegetation.
The engagement began when the concealing terrorists opened fire on the joint teams of forces as they moved closer to the scene, the Army claimed. This was met with retaliation.
To Udhampur’s Command Hospital, the injured have been transported. We are awaiting more information while the procedure is ongoing.