NIA team in Kathua to probe ambush on Army convoy
   Date :10-Jul-2024

NIA team in Kathua
 
KATHUA :
 
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrived at the incident site where an Army convoy was ambushed in the Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir in which five Army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer, lost their lives on July 8. In the attack, five others sustained injuries in a terrorist ambush on a routine patrol vehicle near Badnota village on Monday. Meanwhile, security has been tightened along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway following the attack. Following the attack, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel have been deployed along the National Highway (NH44) in Udhampur.
 
This measure was taken as the 11th batch of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims passed through Udhampur on Tuesday morning. Multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place by the security forces to ensure the safety of the pilgrims. Security cordon tightened as encounter ends in J&K’s Doda: SECURITY forces tightened their cordon around a forest area in the higher reaches of Doda district Tuesday evening following an encounter with hiding terrorists, officials said. Preliminary information revealed that at least two terrorists were hit by the retaliatory action and it is premature to say whether they are dead or injured, a police officer said. The gunfight between the two sides began in the Ghadi Bhagwah forest, 35 km east of Doda town bordering Kishtwar district, this evening when police assisted by the Army launched a joint search and cordon operation after a tipoff about the presence of terrorists in the area, the officials said. Heavy firing continued for a couple of hours before the guns fell silent, the police officer said.
 
He said the search operation was temporarily suspended for the night and will be resumed Wednesday morning to get a clear picture of the situation. The encounter in Doda comes barely a day after five army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed and an equal number injured in an ambush by terrorists in Kathua district. This was the fourth encounter in Doda district since June 12. While three foreign terrorists were killed in a day-long operation in the Gandoh area of the district on June 26, five army personnel and a special police officer were injured in a fierce gunfight in Chattargalla pass on June 12. Another policeman was injured when terrorists opened fire on a search party in Gandoh the next day.