August 8, 2022
Army dog ​​’Axl’ who helped kill terrorist and paid tribute to mosque, rested in J&K

The Army on Sunday paid tribute to and paid tribute to its canine soldier ‘Axl’, who made the supreme sacrifice during a counter-insurgency operation, but not before pinpointing the location of a hidden terrorist and thereby protecting a mosque nearby. Of. The terrorist, who was later identified as Akhtar Hussain Bhatt, a resident of Kupwara, was gunned down by security forces on Saturday after eight hours of shelling in Vanigam Bala area of ​​Creeri in Baramulla district.

The slain terrorist was associated with the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed. Officials said two-year-old Axel, a German shepherd belonging to the army’s 26 dog unit, played a key role in the operation.

After an army jawan and a policeman were injured during the encounter, the ‘axle’ attached to the body camera was swung into action. “The presence of a mosque within 10 meters of the target house made Operation Calibration more necessary and no high caliber weapons were used to neutralize the terrorist,” an official said.

‘Axl’ managed to locate the location of the hiding terrorist, but was hit by enemy bullets in the process. Due to ‘Axl’, the security forces could kill the terrorist without causing any damage to the sanctity of the mosque.

The Srinagar-based Army’s Chinar Corps tweeted a file photo of a German shepherd: “Thank you for your service, Axel.” The Army on Sunday paid tribute to ‘Axl’ at a military function in Pattan.

Major General SS Sluria, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Kilo Force paid tribute to the canine soldier. It was an emotional moment for Axl’s handler who has been his guardian, caretaker, coach and closest friend for the past two years.

The dog was buried in the premises of 26 Army Dog Unit in the presence of unit personnel and officers. Officials said Axl will always be remembered for his professionalism, bravery and supreme sacrifice.

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