4 soldiers killed in suicide attack at J-K's Rajouri army base


Another rifleman, who was injured while fighting terrorists in Rajouri, succumbed to injuries late on Thursday evening, taking the toll in the attack to four. The slain rifleman Nishant Malik belonged to Hansi town of Hisar district in Haryana. Earlier, three soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed and three others, including Malik, were injured when two suicide bombers tried to gain entry into an Army post in Parghal area of Darhal in Rajouri district. The two terrorists were also shot dead in an encounter that ensued. The incident occurred in early hours of Thursday when alert sentries of the Army post detected suspicious persons approaching their post taking advantage of the inclement weather and dense foliage. “The sentries challenged the two terrorists who threw grenade while attempting to gain entry inside the post. However, troops cordoned the area and engaged them in a firefight, thereby pinning them. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralised. Six soldiers of the Army were injured in the operation, out of which three bravehearts succumbed to their injuries while repulsing the suicide attack by terrorists,” Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand informed. The injured were immediately evacuated and taken to the Army hospital where three of them succumbed. The deceased soldiers include Subedar Rajendra Prasad, resident of Maligoven village of Kashim Pura in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan; Rifleman Lakshmanan D, resident of T Pudupatti village of Thummakundu in Madurai, Tamil Nadu; and Rifleman Manoj Kumar, resident of Shahjahanpur village of Chandpur in Faridabad, Haryana; Nishant Malik, resident of Adarsh Nagar of Hansi town in Hisar, Haryana.