New Delhi, July 9: Calling it a cowardly act, President Droupadi Murmu condemned the July 8 Kathua terror attack in which five army soldiers lost their lives and called for firm counter-measures. In a message on the social media platform, X, President Murmu said, "The attack on a convoy of Army personnel in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists is a cowardly act that deserves condemnation and firm counter-measures".

Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured, the President said, "My sympathies are with the families of the bravehearts who laid down their lives in this ongoing war against terror in its all forms". Ministry of Defence expressed extended "deepest" condolences to the bereaved families of the soldiers who lost their lives. Kathua Terror Attack: 4 Army Soldiers Killed, 6 Injured in Injured in Terrorist Ambush in Jammu and Kashmir, Encounter Underway (Watch Video).

A spokesperson said in a post on X, "Their selfless service to the nation will always be remembered & their sacrifice will not go unavenged and India will defeat the evil forces behind the attack". Five Army soldiers were killed and as many as were injured in an ambush by terrorists in Katha district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8. Meanwhile, security has been tightened along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway following the attack. Jammu and Kashmir Terror Attack: Another Soldier Succumbs to Injuries; Death Toll Rises to Five After Terrorists Ambushed Army Convoy in Kathua (Watch Video).

Following the attack, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Jammu and Kashmir police personnel have been deployed along the National Highway (NH44) in Udhampur. This measure was taken as the 11th batch of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims passed through Udhampur on Tuesday morning. Multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place by the security forces to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.

President Murmu Condemns Terror Attack in Kathua

Since June 9, there have been terror strikes at four places in Reasi, Kathua and Doda in which nine pilgrims and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan were killed. A civilian and at least seven security personnel were also injured. Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a review meeting on the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and directed all security agencies to "work in a mission mode and ensure quick response in a coordinated manner."

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