Army convoy targeted, 5 jawans injured

Npnews24 online : An Army Special Forces convoy was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on its way at Arihal village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.The Army casper, a bullet and mine proof vehicle, of 44 Rashtriya Rifles was targeted by the IED explosion near Eidgah Arihal on the Arihal-Lassipora road, a police official said.. Five jawans were injured in the attack.

The site of the blast is 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber on 14 February in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The February attack, which was orchestrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), left the nation in shock and anger while Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave security forces a freehand to strike back with equal force.

Meanwhile, an encounter broke out on Monday between security forces and the ultras in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said. In the encounter, an Army major and a militant were killed, while another officer and two troopers were injured.

The injured were rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, the officials said.

They added that an unidentified militant was also killed in the gunfight and his body recovered.

Arms and ammunition were also seized from the encounter site, the officials said

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