The Indian Army on Friday paid befitting tributes to three martyrs who lost their lives in a dastardly terrorist action on an army convoy in Pampore on Saturday.
The soldiers were killed after an army convoy was attacked by terrorists in Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway
Many senior officials from the civil administration including the Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmed Khan and other security agencies including JKP, CRPF, BSF and SSB joined Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu in paying homage to the martyrs at a ceremony in Srinagar.
The attack came just a few weeks after the Hizbul Mujahideen formed a so-called 'highway squad', which was formed with the intention of attacking army convoys on the highways. Terrorists look to target a convoy on the move as it is considered to be most vulnerable at that time.
The martyrs - Gunner Naik Ratheesh C, 35, Gunner Farate Sourabh Nandkumar, 33, and Gunner Shashikant Pandey, 24, hailed from Kerala, Maharashtra and Jharkhand respectively.
The mortal remains of the martyrs will be flown for last rites to their native places where they will be laid to rest with full military honours.
"In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their needs and wellbeing," an army statement said,
Reports said at least two more soldiers were injured in the attack that took place around 20 km from Srinagar. The group of terrorists came on a motorcycle and fired indiscriminately at the convoy.