Five Indian commandos were killed during a skirmish with terrorists who have infiltrated India’s part of Kashmir.

According to the Indian Army, the hand-to-hand battle took place in the Keran sector in North Kashmir on April 1. Five terrorists have managed to navigate the border fence (the Line of Control, as it’s known) that divides the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir. The Indian military tracked them via remotely piloted aircraft and deployed a team from the 4th Special Forces Parachute Battalion.

According to reports, the Indian commandos were following the spoor of the terrorists when they came upon an ice cornice. The cornice, however, gave way once the commandos were on top, and three of them fell some distance down to a valley. Fortuitously, the terrorists were also located in the same spot. In the ensuing hand-to-hand engagement, the five terrorists and three Indian commandos were killed; two more Indian commandos succumbed to their wounds later. Although they accomplished their mission, the Indian special operators suffered a heavy loss. Assessing, selecting, and training a commando takes years and hundreds of thousands of dollars. And so, a one-for-one exchange isn’t ideal.

The commandos killed in action were identified as Subedar (Senior NCO) Sanjeev Kumar, Havildar (Sergeant) Davendra Singh, Paratrooper Bal Krishan, Paratrooper Amit Kumar, and Paratrooper Chhatrapal Singh.