5 soldiers die as Indian Army’s vehicle catches fire in JK’s Poonch

20 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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Five soldiers died after a vehicle of the Indian Army caught fire in J&K's Poonch on Thursday. According to Indian Army, the vehicle caught fire, due to the likely use of grenades by terrorists.

Army jawans said on Thursday that a fire in an army truck in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, which killed five soldiers, was most likely caused by grenades lobbed by terrorists.

The statement said issued by the Indian Army stated, “Today, at approximately 1500 hours, one Army vehicle, moving between Bhimber Gali and Poonch in the Rajauri sector was fired on by unidentified terrorists, taking advantage of heavy rains and low visibility in the area. The vehicle caught fire, due to likely use of grenades by terrorists.”

“Five personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles Unit deployed for Counter Terrorist operations, in this area, have unfortunately lost their lives in the incident. Another seriously injured soldier was evacuated immediately to the Army Hospital at Rajauri and is under treatment. Operations are in progress to locate the perpetrators,” the statement further said.

According to an earlier statement by the Defence PRO, “Today, at about 1500 hours, one vehicle of Indian Army, while moving from Bhimber Gali to Sangiot in District Poonch (J-K), caught fire. In this tragic incident, Five Soldiers of the Indian Army have lost their life.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief on the incidence in a tweet saying, “Anguished by the tragedy in Poonch District (J&K), where the Indian Army has lost its brave soldiers after a truck caught fire. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

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