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Kathua attack: Joint search operations launched to track down terrorists

'Determined to usher in peace’, Rajnath Singh condoles death of 5 Army men; Defence Secretary says 'their sacrifice will not go unavenged’

Kathua attack: Joint search operations launched to track down terrorists

Indian Army personnel during a counter-terror operation following a terrorist attack on an Army convoy, in Kathua district, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. PTI



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9

A massive joint search operation was launched on Tuesday to track down terrorists responsible for the deadly attack on an army patrol party in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district that left five personnel dead, officials said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed ‘deep anguish’ at the loss of five Army soldiers and added that counter terrorist operations are under way.

In a post on X, Rajnath Singh said, “I am deeply anguished at the loss of five of our brave Indian Army Soldiers in a terrorist attack in Badnota, Kathua (J&K)”. 

“Our soldiers are determined to usher in peace and order in the region,” he said.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane, in a rare statement on an operational matter, said ‘the attack will not go unavenged’.

Aramane referring to the deaths of the five soldiers said, “Their selfless service to the nation will always be remembered and their sacrifice will not go unavenged and India will defeat the evil forces behind the attack”.

The statement was posted on X by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence.

The officials said the ground search teams are being supported by helicopter and UAV surveillance. Sniffer dogs and metal detectors are also being employed in the operation with a focus on some dense forest areas in the belt.

Officials said the joint cordon and search operation was launched by army, police and CRPF in in Machedi, Badnote, Kindli and Lohai Malhar areas and a large area has been put under cordon.

Five army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, were killed and as many were injured on Monday when heavily armed terrorists ambushed a patrolling party in the remote Machedi area.

According to sources, three to four terrorists, mostly foreigners, are believed to have executed the attack.

They are part of the same group which was involved in Basangarh attack in which a village defence guard Mohd Sharief was killed in an encounter with terrorists on April 28 in Panara village.

Security forces had in June picked up movement of one group in the upper reaches of Bani, Daggar and Kindli areas of Kathua district and conducted search operations. — with PTI

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