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Army officer, soldier killed in mine blast while patrolling along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

The two Army personnel, identified as Lieutenant Rishi Kumar and Sepoy Manjit Singh, were critically injured when the column was patrolling along the LoC in the Kalal area of the Naushera sector.

Army officer, soldier killed in mine blast while patrolling along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir-dnm
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Srinagar, First Published Oct 31, 2021, 9:12 AM IST
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Jammu: An officer and a soldier of the Indian Army were killed in an explosion along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Saturday. Another soldier was also injured in the incident.

The two Army personnel, identified as Lieutenant Rishi Kumar and Sepoy Manjit Singh, were critically injured when the column was patrolling along the LoC in the Kalal area of the Naushera sector. In an official statement, the Army confirmed that the blast took place when an Army column was on patrol duty as part of measures to check infiltration of terrorists from across the border.

The Army initially called it a mysterious blast as the nature of the explosion was not immediately known, but later it was confirmed that a landmine planted by the army exploded. Planting landmines along the border is a practice to keep infiltrations attempts by terrorists in check.

Following the incident, the White Knight Corps took to its official Twitter handle and condoled the death of two Army personnel.

“GOC, White Knight Corps and all ranks salute bravehearts Lt Rishi Kumar and Sep Manjit Singh, who made the supreme sacrifice in line of duty along the Line of Control in Naushera sector today and offer deep condolences to their families,” it tweeted.

Lt Rishi Kumar is resident of Begusarai, Bihar.  Sepoy Manjit Singh is resident of - Sirvewala, Bhatinda, Punjab. The Corps further said 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 nation and Indian Army shall forever remain indebted to the bravehearts for their supreme sacrifice.” said the PRO(Defence) Jammu.

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