5 soldiers killed in J&K anti-terror op blast; Jaish-e-Mohammed's PAFF claims responsibility

Encounter breaks out in Kandi area of J&K's Rajouri. (Source: Hindustan Times)

On Friday, five soldiers lost their lives during a militant operation in the Kandi forest of Rajouri. The operation was launched based on a specific intelligence input, and it is believed that the militants targeted were those who ambushed an Army truck on April 20, killing five soldiers in the Tota Gali area of Bhata Dhurian, Rajouri, Jammu. Two Army Special Forces personnel were killed, and four others were injured in the morning, while the remaining three succumbed to injuries later in the day at a Command Hospital in Udhampur. 

The Army stated that the operations are still in progress. Earlier, three Army columns conducted operations to flush out the terrorists involved in the Bhata Dhurian ambush. A joint operation was launched after the team received specific information about the presence of terrorists in the Kandi Forest, and a search team encountered a group of terrorists entrenched in a cave at around 7:30 am on Friday. 

Sources indicate that militants are trapped in the area, and there is a possibility of casualties on their side. This encounter is the third in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 72 hours.

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