On April 20, 2023, a terrorist attack in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri sector resulted in five soldiers dying and another critically injured. The Army vehicle was fired upon by terrorists at around 3 pm near the Bhimber Gali area and later caught fire, likely due to a grenade attack.
According to an official statement by the Army headquarters, Northern Command, the unidentified terrorists took advantage of heavy rain and low visibility in the area to carry out the terrorist attack. Operations are currently underway to locate the attackers.
The five personnel who lost their lives were part of the Rashtriya Rifles unit, deployed for counter-terrorism operations in the area. The injured soldier was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital and is currently receiving treatment.
The Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers, stating that he was “anguished by the tragedy in Poonch District (J&K).” The attack occurred on the same day that Pakistan announced its Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, would visit India next month for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s foreign ministers’ meeting in Goa.
It is worth noting that a G20 Tourism Working Group meeting is also scheduled in Srinagar in May. The security situation in the Union territory had been reviewed by senior officials, including the Union Home Minister, National Security Adviser, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, and Director General of Police, in a meeting held last week.
The attack highlights the ongoing threat of terrorism in the region and the need for heightened security measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. The Indian Army has vowed to take all necessary steps to bring the attackers to justice and ensure the safety of the people in the region.