Srinagar, April 20: Five soldiers were charred to death after terrorists attacked their vehicle with grenades in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, army said.
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.
“Operations are in progress to locate the perpetrators,” the statement said further. “Further details are being ascertained.”