Security personnel during the gun battle with suspected militants at the Army camp in Nagrota. Pics/PTI
Jammu: Two major terror attacks rocked Jammu region yesterday in which 7 army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.
A security personnel at the Nagrota camp
In one incident, a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city yesterday morning, triggering an intense gunbattle that lasted for hours.
Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive. All were rescued, army spokesman said.
BSF tackles situation
Three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.
The two terror incidents in Jammu came on a day Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took over as Chief of Pakistan Army from Gen Raheel Shareef.
‘Terror attack a message’
The terror attack is a “message” sent by Pakistan's newly appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to India, former Home Secretary R K Singh said. “We need to take note of the fact that this is the (Pakistan) new Army chief sending a message. His policy will be same as followed by the predecessor...We (also) need to send across a message to him," he said. “India will hit back harder every time it is targeted," he said.
The Nagrota camp attack
“The terrorists forced their entry into the Officers' Mess complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries,” an Army spokesman said. “In the initial counter action, one officer and three soldiers of the army were martyred," he added. The terrorists entered two buildings which were occupied by officers, families and men, which “led to a hostage-like situation”, he said. “The situation was very quickly contained and thereafter, in a deliberate operation, all were successfully rescued, which included 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children," the spokesman said. “However, in this rescue attempt, one more officer and two jawans sacrificed their lives," he added. In the gunbattle, three terrorists were killed.
The number of people including two kids who were rescued in the hostage-like situation