Four soldiers were killed in a militant attack on an Army camp in Rajouri district of Jammu on August 11. The Army informed the media that both the militants involved in the attack were gunned down in the four-hour firefight that followed. Two soldiers came to be injured in the attack.
The four dead soldiers have been identified as Subedar Rajendra Prasad (48) from Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Rifleman Manoj Kumar (26) from Faridabad district of Haryana, Rifleman D Lakshmanan (24) from Madurai district of Tamil Nadu and Rifleman Nishant Malik (21) from Hisar district of Haryana.
Giving details of the attack, Defence PRO Lt Colonel Devender Anand said “In the early hours of Thursday, alert sentries of the Indian Army post at Parghal, in Darhal area of Rajouri district, detected suspicious persons approaching their post, taking advantage of the inclement weather and dense foliage.”
He said the sentries challenged the two terrorists who lobbed grenades while attempting to gain entry inside the post. However, the troops cordoned the area and engaged them in a firefight, he added. In the ensuing gunfight, the two terrorists were neutralised.
According to reports, two AK-47 rifles along with nine magazines and 300 rounds, five grenades and other “administrative stores’’ were recovered.
The attack was the first such assault in the region since February 2018 when terrorists attacked an army camp at Sunjuwan in Jammu and left six soldiers and one civilian dead.