Army canine soldier Zoom takes four bullets, critical – The New Indian Express

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Indian Army’s attack dog Zoom is fighting for his life at the Military Veterinary Hospital in Srinagar after he was shot twice by terrorists. He was operated on for a gunshot wound on his face and back right leg. Zoom is tasked with clearing a house where terrorists are hiding. The dog entered the house and attacked the armed men. During the operation, the dog was shot twice and seriously injured. The dog continued its mission and as a result two terrorists were killed. Zoom was later rushed to the Army Veterinary Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment.

An intelligence-based operation was launched by a joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and Army on Sunday. Surveillance forces helped reach the target house, but the number of terrorists was unknown. However, with cordon adjustments and intermittent firing throughout the night, forces confirmed the presence of two terrorists in the house.

The army said on Monday that “During this period, one of the terrorists was wounded by its own technical means.” Then the brave Zoom was sent to the target house to retrieve the weapons from the terrorists and bring them out of hiding,” said an Army source.

Zoom stealthily approached the target and pounced on the terrorist. “While hiding, he was shot by terrorists and he was seriously injured. However, he managed to destabilize the terrorists and they were then effectively neutralized by the precision fire of the troops.”

Zoom, a Melanois or Belgian Shepherd, was born in September 2020 and joined the Army’s 28th Army Canine Unit (ADU) and has been serving with it for eight months. The Indian Army has a total of 32 units, of which 19 serve in the Northern Command, which is responsible for operations in Ladakh and J&K. Each dog unit has 24 dogs with different specialties.

Brigadier Devender Kumar of the Northern Command said attack dogs are trained to attack terrorists hiding in a room or fleeing after an incident with a rifle. “Attack dogs are proving to be an asset along with all other dog troopers deployed in various roles as seen in recent operations in Kashmir. The exercise yielded positive results and we continue to analyze and improve our training,” Brigadier Devendra said.

Army Dogs are trained at the Dog Training Facility at Remount Veterinary College, Meerut. The dogs are given obedience and advanced training in specialist tasks such as patrolling, guarding, tracking, avalanche rescue, sniffer (explosive and mine detection).

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

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Zoom stealthily approached the target and pounced on the terrorist. “While hiding, he was shot by terrorists and he was seriously injured. However, he managed to destabilize the terrorists and they were then effectively neutralized by the precision fire of the troops.” Zoom, a Melanois or Belgian Shepherd, was born in September 2020 and joined the Army’s 28th Army Canine Unit (ADU) and has been serving with it for eight months. The army has 32 divisions, 19 of which serve in the North
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