Indian Army Hunts for Gunmen After Ambush in IIOJK Kills Five Soldiers

Five Indian soldiers killed in a convoy ambush. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condemns the attack as counter-terrorism operations continue.
Indian Army Hunts for Gunmen After Ambush in IIOJK Kills Five Soldiers

Troops in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) intensified their search on Tuesday for the gunmen responsible for ambushing an army convoy, resulting in the death of five soldiers. The attack, which took place on Monday afternoon, is part of a disturbing increase in violence in the disputed region.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his profound sorrow over the incident. "Deeply anguished by the loss of five of our brave Indian Army soldiers," Singh said in a statement on the social media platform X, as he condemned the attack and affirmed that counter-terrorism operations are currently underway.


Monday's ambush adds to a growing list of violent incidents in IIOJK. Just a day before, two soldiers and six suspected militants were killed in separate gun battles in Kulgam district, according to police reports.


This surge in violence is reminiscent of a deadly attack in June, where nine Indian Hindu pilgrims were killed, and dozens wounded when a gunman opened fire on a bus in the southern Reasi area. That incident was noted as one of the deadliest in recent years and the first targeting Hindu pilgrims in the region since 2017, when seven people were killed in a similar ambush.


The uptick in attacks has exacerbated tensions in IIOJK, a region already fraught with longstanding conflict. As Indian security forces continue their operations to track down those responsible for these attacks, the region remains on high alert.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other government officials have reiterated their commitment to restoring peace and security in the area. However, the persistent violence underscores the complex and volatile nature of the conflict in IIOJK, where both political and militant activities continue to impact the lives of those residing in the region.