Five Army soldiers killed in encounter in J-K’s Poonch


Four Indian Army soldiers and a junior commissioned officer (JCO) were killed after an encounter broke out between the security forces and militants during an anti-insurgency operation in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

The operation was launched in a village close to DKG in Surankote in the early hours following intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists, a defence spokesman said. The Army has cordoned off the area as three to four militants were believed to be trapped there. Army spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand said the encounter is still underway.

Meanwhile, another encounter was underway in Chamrer forests along the Mughal Road in Poonch. Three to four militants are suspected to be trapped in the area, sources said, adding that more reinforcements of police and security forces have been rushed to the area.