After 5 soldiers were killed in an attack, the J&K region was probed for terrorist activity.
Three months have passed since the deliberate attack on Hindu households in Rajouri.
New Delhi: In response to the terrorist attack on an army truck on Thursday, a significant cordon and search operation have been begun in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch area. The terrorist attack on the military truck resulted in five soldiers dying and one suffering critical injuries.
According to official reports, the truck was struck by approximately 20 rounds from various directions, which suggests many terrorists may have been engaged in the incident.
Around 3 o'clock, the terrorists opened fire on the vehicle carrying the troops, all of whom were from the Rashtriya Rifles regiment assigned for counterterrorism operations. Later, a grenade attack is likely what caused the vehicle to catch fire, according to the Army.
Three months have passed since the deliberate attack on Hindu households in Rajouri. The attacks resulted in seven fatalities and over a dozen injuries. Despite a significant security effort in the region to find the offenders, they remain at large. The terrorists were Pakistani nationals, according to the police.
An official informed NDTV that the National probe Agency, or NIA, will participate in the probe into Thursday's terrorist incident and that a team from the Jammu office of the anti-terror organisation is now its route to the scene.
Officials stated that a team of forensic specialists was also present at the scene close to Poonch's Bhimber Gali neighbourhood.
One soldier is from Odisha, while four of the five troops are from Punjab.
The troops killed in the attack were Havildar Mandeep Singh, Lance Naik Debashish Baswal, Lance Naik Kulwant Singh, Sepoy Harkrishan Singh, and Sepoy Sewak Singh, according to the Army's 16 Corps, stationed in Nagrota. It tweeted, "The Whitenight corps stand in solidarity with the bereaved families."
Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, expressed his sorrow over the deaths of the valiant warriors. The Defence Minister tweeted, "In this awful hour, my thoughts are with the deceased families.
The incident has also been denounced by political parties.
We vehemently condemn the terrorist attack on an Army vehicle in Poonch District, Jammu & Kashmir, said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in a tweet. We offer the families of the gallant members of the Rashtriya Rifle our sincere condolences. "Our thoughts are with the wounded soldiers. "We are fighting terrorism together," he declared.
Rahul Gandhi, a former president of the Congress, stated, "I pay my humble respect to those heroes and convey my sincere sympathies to their departed families.
The murders of troops, according to BJP chairman in Jammu and Kashmir Ravinder Raina, would be avenged.
Omar Abdullah, the head of the National Conference, tweeted: "Terrible news of a terror assault in Poonch that took the lives of 5 army jawans while performing their duties. I extend my sympathies to the families of those slain today, and I categorically denounce this horrific crime. May the departed's spirits rest in peace. Altaf Bukhari, the head of the Apni Party, expressed his profound sadness over the senseless terrorist assault.
Sajad Lone, the head of the People's Conference, also denounced the assault.
The terrorist incident occurred on the same day Pakistan made public plans for its Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to visit India next month for the conference of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Goa. Since Hina Rabbani Khar's trip there in 2011, Mr. Zardari's trip to India will be the nation's first by a foreign minister from Pakistan.
After the 2019 terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, carried out by terrorists backed by Pakistan, and India's subsequent surgical strikes on terrorist training facilities in Pakistan's Balakot, relations between India and Pakistan came under significant strain.
After India stated in August 2019 that it will revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special powers and split the state into Union territories, relations between the two countries further worsened.