Srinagar, April 20: Former J&K chief minister and National Conference Working President, Omar Abdullah on Thursday condemned the killing of five soldiers in a terrorist attack in Poonch.
“Terrible news of a terror attack in Poonch that claimed the lives of 5 army jawans in the line of duty. I unequivocally condemn this heinous attack & send my condolences to the loved ones of those killed today. May the souls of the departed rest in peace,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
In a statement, the army’s Northern Command said that an army vehicle moving between Bhimber Gali and Poonch in the Rajauri sector was fired on by unidentified terrorists at about 3 pm.
The statement said that the vehicle caught fire due to “likely” use of grenades by terrorists, who took advantage of heavy rains and low visibility in the area.
“Five personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles Unit deployed for Counter Terrorist operations, in this area, have unfortunately lost their lives in the incident,” it said.
Another seriously injured soldier was evacuated immediately to the Army Hospital at Rajauri and is under treatment, added the statement.