Jammu, Sep 12: A six-year-old dog (female labrador) laid down her life and saved the troops during an encounter that broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri on Tuesday.
A defence spokesman in Jammu told news agency, a female canine Kent, from the 21 Army Dog Unit, was leading a group of soldiers on the trail of fleeing terrorists when it came under heavy fire and succumbed at the scene. He further added that the dog bravely took bullets of AK series rifles and lost her life saving her handler in a gunfight during a search operation in Narla village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.
“Army dog Kent was at the forefront of ‘Operation Sujaligala’. Kent was leading a column of soldiers on the trail of the fleeing terrorists. It came down under heavy hostile fire. While shielding its handler, it laid down its life in the best traditions of the Indian Army,” a defence spokesperson said
Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh, said one terrorist and an army jawan were killed in the encounter that broke out in the Narllah area of the Rajouri district in the Jammu region. Three more jawans, including a Special Police Officer (SPO), were also injured in the exchange of fire.
Last week, a terrorist was killed in a joint operation conducted by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police in the Reasi district.
“War-like stores including one AK series assault rifle with magazines were recovered during the search following the encounter,” an official said.
Indian Army defused an Improvised explosive device (IED) in the same region on September 3—(KNO)