Army pays homage to ‘Zoom’ killed in South Kashmir encounter
Kashmir News Trust #KNT
Army today paid tribute to Army Canine Zoom, who was grievously injured in a gunfight at Tangpawa village encounter in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Two militants Asif Ahmed Reshi of Sheikpora Marhama Bijbehara and Wakeel Ahmed Bhat of Naibasti Marhama were killed in that encounter on 10 October in which army dog ‘Zoom’ sustained critical injuries.
As per a handout issued by the Defence spokesperson, a solemn ceremony at Chinar War Memorial, BB Cantonment was held and homage was paid to the gallant ‘soldier’.
The statement said that “Zoom played a key role in not only identifying the precise location of the militants but also in disabling one of the militants. However, the intrepid canine in the process suffered two gunshots.”
The statement said that despite being injured, Zoom located the other hiding militant and returned back from the target area and fainted due to severe blood loss. His action galvanized the team to neutralize the trapped militant.
“The canine trooper was subsequently immediately evacuated to Army Veterinary Hospital in Srinagar, where he fought till the very end. He breathed his last on 13 Oct 2022,” the statement further reads.
Further, “Army Canine Zoom was an invaluable member of the Chinar Warriors. Despite his young age of 2 years, Zoom was a veteran of multiple CT Operations, where it had distinguished itself with his energy and courage. In Zoom, Chinar Corps has lost a valiant team member, who will inspire all ranks to undertake their task with humility, dedication, and courage,” the statement reads.