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J&K’s IAF convoy attack of 4 LeT terrorists trained by Sajid Jutt, search: Intel Resources | Exclusive

The attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) convoy in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir was the work of four Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists trained by Sajid Jutt, according to top intelligence sources.

“After the previous attacks, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was developed. While the forces retaliated strongly, the terrorists fled. Search is on,” sources said.

Sources added: “The incident happened around 6.30 pm. The IAF move may have been for radar operations. Two people are in critical condition. Nearly 17 terrorists in this area are from the Sajid Jutt group.”

READ ALSO | One Air Force soldier killed, four injured after terrorists attacked convoy in J&K’s Poonch

One soldier, Corporal Vikky Pahade, was killed and four injured when terrorists ambushed the IAF convoy three weeks before the elections in Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency. Poonch is part of the Anantnag-Rajouri parliamentary constituency, which goes to polls in the sixth phase on May 25.

Officials said five security personnel were injured, two of them seriously, when four terrorists opened fire on IAF vehicles heading to Sanai Top in Surankot area of ​​Poonch in the evening. One of the seriously injured soldiers later succumbed during treatment at a military hospital, they said.

“An Indian Air Force vehicle convoy was attacked by militants in JK’s Poonch district near Shahsitar. Cordon and search operations are currently underway in the area by local military units. “The convoy has been secured and further investigation is underway,” the IAF said in a message on

“In the ensuing firefight with terrorists, the Air Warriors fought back by returning fire. In the process, five IAF personnel sustained bullet injuries and were evacuated to the nearest military hospital for immediate medical attention. One Air Warrior later succumbed to his injuries. Further operations are being carried out by local security forces,” another post said. The terror attack took place around 6.15 pm when the troops were returning to the air force station from Jaranwali.


Officials suspect the involvement of the same group of terrorists who ambushed troops in neighboring Bufliaz on December 21 last year, killing four soldiers and wounding three. One of the trucks in the IAF convoy bore the brunt of the attack, with several bullets hitting the windshield and side. The terrorists, who were armed with AK assault rifles, are believed to have fled into nearby forests, officials said.

The border district of Poonch and adjoining Rajouri have witnessed several major terrorist attacks in the last two years, signaling the return of terror activities in the region, which was once cleared of terrorism and remained peaceful between 2003 and 2021. The Pir Panjal region follows the killing of government employee Mohd Razaq, brother of an army personnel, by terrorists in Rajouri’s Kunda Top on April 22 and village defense guard Mohd Sharief in Basantgarh area of ​​Udhampur on April 28.