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Two soldiers killed in mine blast in J&K's Rajouri

The blast took place at Kalal in Naushera

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Two soldiers were killed and one was injured in a mine blast at Naushera in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. 

According to defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand, the mine blast occurred during an area domination patrol in Naushera. While two soldiers succumbed to their injuries, another injured soldier was evacuated and is under treatment.  

“Lt Rishi Kumar and Sepoy Manjit were brave and extremely committed to the profession of soldiering and have made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in the line of active duty,” the spokesperson said. Lt Rishi Kumar is a resident of Begusarai, Bihar.

According to reports, the blast occurred at Kalal forward area where a militant was killed in an encounter on July 8 during  an infiltration bid.

Rajouri and Poonch witnessed repeated infiltration attempts in the last three months though most of such attempts were foiled by the security forces. Nine soldiers, including two Junior Commissioned Officers(JC0s), were killed in an encounter with militants in Poonch’s Bhata Dhurian on October 11 .

The Army launched an operation in the area to track the militants. However, no militant has been killed so far.

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