Army canine soldier Zoom took four bullets, critic – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: Indian Army Assault Dog Zoom is fighting for his life at Srinagar Military Veterinary Hospital after he was shot twice by terrorists. He was operated on because he had a gunshot wound to his face and the back of his right leg. Zoom was tasked with clearing the house where the terrorists were hiding. The dog entered the house and attacked the activists. During the operation, the dog was shot twice and suffered serious injuries. The dog, however, continued with its task, resulting in the deaths of two terrorists. Zoom was then rushed to the Army Veterinary Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment.

An intelligence-based operation was launched on Sunday by the joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and Army. Surveillance had helped the forces reach the targeted house, but the number of terrorists was not known. But, with the cordon re-adjusting and intermittent firefights throughout the night, forces confirmed the presence of two terrorists in the house.

The army said on Monday: “During this period, it was detected by its own technical resources that one of the terrorists had been injured. At that time, the brave Zoom was sent to the targeted house to retrieve the terrorists’ weapons and bring them out of hiding,” an army source said.

Zoom sneaked up on the target and pounced on the terrorist. “He was shot at by the terrorists who were hiding, seriously wounding him. However, he was able to destabilize the terrorists, who were then effectively neutralized by the troops’ precision fire.

Zoom, a Melanois or Belgian Shepherd was born in September 2020 and joined the army’s 28 Army Dog Unit (ADU) and has an eight month service with him. The Indian Army has a total of 32 units, including 19 canine units serving in the Northern Command, responsible for the operation in Ladakh and J&K. Each canine unit has 24 dogs of different specialties.

Assault dogs are trained to attack terrorists with guns who hide in a room or run away after an incident, said Brigadier Devender Kumar of Northern Command. “The assault dogs along with all other canine soldiers deployed in different roles are proving to be an asset as seen in recent operations in Kashmir. The training has yielded positive results and we continue to analyze and ‘improve our training,’ said Brigadier Devendra.

Army dogs are trained at the dog training center based at Remount Veterinary College, Meerut. Dogs receive obedience and advanced training in specialized tasks such as patrolling, guarding, tracking, avalanche rescue, sniffer (detection of explosives and mines).

The scope of the training has recently been expanded to include search and rescue operations, crude oil leak detection and IED detection. Historically, many dogs have been used to locate mine. They did not prove to be very effective in combat conditions. Sea mine detection dogs were trained using bare electrical wires below the surface of the ground. While the dogs did find the mines, the task proved so stressful for the dogs that they could only work for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

Shot at by terrorists
Zoom sneaked up on the target and pounced on the terrorist. “He was shot at by the terrorists who were hiding, seriously wounding him. However, he managed to destabilize the terrorists, who were then effectively neutralized by the troops’ sniper fire. Zoom, a Melanois or Belgian Shepherd was born in September 2020 and joined the army’s 28 Army Dog Unit (ADU) and has an eight month service with him. The army has 32 units including 19 canine units serving in the north
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NEW DELHI: Indian Army Assault Dog Zoom is fighting for his life at Srinagar Military Veterinary Hospital after he was shot twice by terrorists. He was operated on because he had a gunshot wound to his face and the back of his right leg. Zoom was tasked with clearing the house where the terrorists were hiding. The dog entered the house and attacked the activists. During the operation, the dog was shot twice and suffered serious injuries. The dog, however, continued with its task, resulting in the deaths of two terrorists. Zoom was then rushed to the Army Veterinary Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment. An intelligence-based operation was launched on Sunday by the joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and Army. Surveillance had helped the forces reach the targeted house, but the number of terrorists was not known. But, with the cordon re-adjusting and intermittent firefights throughout the night, forces confirmed the presence of two terrorists in the house. The army said on Monday: “During this period, it was detected by its own technical resources that one of the terrorists had been injured. At that time, the brave Zoom was sent to the targeted house to retrieve the terrorists’ weapons and bring them out of hiding,” an army source said. Zoom sneaked up on the target and pounced on the terrorist. “He was shot at by the terrorists who were hiding, seriously wounding him. However, he was able to destabilize the terrorists, who were then effectively neutralized by the troops’ precision fire. Zoom, a Melanois or Belgian Shepherd was born in September 2020 and joined the army’s 28 Army Dog Unit (ADU) and has an eight month service with him. The Indian Army has a total of 32 units, including 19 canine units serving in the Northern Command, responsible for the operation in Ladakh and J&K. Each canine unit has 24 dogs of different specialties. Assault dogs are trained to attack terrorists with guns who hide in a room or run away after an incident, said Brigadier Devender Kumar of Northern Command. “The assault dogs along with all other canine soldiers deployed in different roles are proving to be an asset as seen in recent operations in Kashmir. The training has yielded positive results and we continue to analyze and ‘enhance our training,” said Brigadier Devendra. Army dogs are trained at the dog training center based at Remount Veterinary College, Meerut. The dogs receive advanced obedience and training in specialist tasks such as patrol, guard, tracking, avalanche rescue operation, sniffer (detection of explosives and mines).The scope of training has recently been expanded to include search and rescue operations, detecting crude oil leaks and detecting IEDs. Historically, many dogs have been used to locate mine. They have not proven very effective in combat conditions. Sea mine ers were driven using bare electrical wires below the surface of the ground. While the dogs did find the mines, the task proved so stressful for the dogs that they could only work for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Fired by terrorists, Zoom stealthily approached the target and pounced on the terrorist. “He was shot at by the terrorists who were hiding, seriously wounding him. However, he managed to destabilize the terrorists, who were then effectively neutralized by the troops’ sniper fire. Zoom, a Melanois or Belgian Shepherd was born in September 2020 and joined the army’s 28 Army Dog Unit (ADU) and is serving an eight-month service with him. The army has 32 units including 19 canine units serving in the Northern Command

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