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Two Soldiers Injured In Encounter At Jammu And Kashmir’s Bandipora, Pakistanis Circulated Fake News: Fact-Check 

False reports from Pakistan are circulating that, on April 24, 2024, militants attacked the Indian military in Aragam Woods, Bandipora, killing at least six soldiers and three Para SF commandos.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @PSYWAROPS tweeted “On April 24, 2024, a Kashmiri Res!stance group, Kashmir Revolution Army, attacked the Ind!an troops in Aragam Woods, Bandipora, IIOJK. At least (6) soldiers and (3) Para SF commandos of the Ind!an Military were k!lled in the attack. #Kashmir #India #IndianArmy #IIOJK” on April 25, 2024. The tweet has received an about more than 1k views on X.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that these assertions are unfounded and fraudulent. Two army jawans suffered injuries in an exchange of fire with terrorists on Wednesday in the Bandipora jungles in north Kashmir, according to reports and police. There were no recorded deaths. The post’s featured image is from 2020. We visited Mumbai Mirror, which published an article on this incident on May 4, 2020 with the headline “Col among 5 security personnel killed in Kashmir encounter”. In the Handwara Five security personnel were murdered late on Saturday night in north Kashmir after a confrontation with highly-trained terrorists, including two army officers, a Colonel and a Major. Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, the regiment’s commanding officer, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh Kumar, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh, and Sub-Inspector Sageer Ahmed Qazi of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were all slain when they went to liberate civilians who had been kidnapped by terrorists in Changimulla village in the Handwara area of Kupwara. All are from the Brigade of the Guards regiment, a part of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles. The two holed-up terrorists killed in the encounter included Haider, commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani national who has been operating in the north Kashmir area for the past few years. The identity of the other terrorist has yet to be ascertained. The terrorists are believed to have come to Handwara to receive an infiltrating group from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, officials said. Further, for more clarification, we also went to Hindustan Times, which posted about this in an article on April 25, 2024 with the heading “Two soldiers injured in encounter at Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora”. Jammu and Kashmir Police said there was a run-in between security forces and terrorsits in Renji forest area of Bandipora in the morning leading to exchange of fire.

@KashmirPolice tweeted “A contact was established between #terrorists and security forces in the early morning in Renji forest area of Aragam, #Bandipora. Search operation is going on. @JmuKmrPolice” on April 24, 2024.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Pakistan-based propaganda accounts are circulating concocted stories about the Indian army to set their anti-India narrative. Pakistani accounts are circulating misleading news claiming that on April 24, 2024, at least (6) soldiers and (3) Para SF commandos of the Indian Military were killed when militants attacked them in Aragam Woods, Bandipora. The truth is that these accusations are false and unfounded. According to sources and authorities, two army jawans were injured in an exchange of fire with terrorists in the jungles of Bandipora in north Kashmir on Wednesday. No deaths were reported. The photograph shown in this post is from 2020.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that these claims are fake and baseless. According to reports & police, two army jawans were injured in an exchange of fire with terrorists in the forests of Bandipora in north Kashmir on Wednesday. No death was reported. The image used in the post is from 2020.

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