Militants open fire on army camp in Samba

The two terrorists were gunned down at the end of a six-hour operation, say security forces

Jammu: Two guerrillas attacked an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district on Saturday but were gunned down by the security forces. Without naming Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said such attempts show the neighbouring country’s “desperation”.

An Indian Army soldier looks through the damaged window of an army vehicle used in the assault at Mehasar village in Samba sector.
An Indian Army soldier looks through the damaged window of an army vehicle used in the assault at Mehasar village in Samba sector. Pic/AFP

A pilgrim sustained injuries during the attack at the Mesar army camp, but the army said he had hit his head in panic and there was no gunshot injury. The army said both the guerrillas involved in the attack were killed although a search was still on in the area.

The brigade commander of the area, Brigadier BS Rana, said that two terrorists wearing paramilitary fatigues lobbed grenades and fired from automatic weapons at the camp of the 82 Field Armoured Regiment in Samba district early on Saturday morning.
The terrorists attacked the camp at around 5.50 am, and the operation launched against them was completed in six hours.

“The alert guards at the camp retaliated promptly, thereby thwarting the terrorists’ attempt to enter the camp. Both the terrorists have been gunned down. Firing has stopped, but a search operation is still going on in the area,” Brigadier Rana said. The army did not confirm injuries to any of its soldiers although reports from the gunfight site earlier said two soldiers had sustained minor injuries during the operation against the guerrillas.

Meanwhile in New Delhi, Parrikar on Saturday said that “when the morale of the opponents is down, they make such attempts to boost it”. Parrikar said intelligence has improved over time and this year, the security forces have killed 26 terrorists so far, with lesser number of casualties on the Indian side. “With such low loss, we inflict pain on the other side,” he said, on the sidelines of a function. “This is the best figure in many years. On the army side of the LoC (Line of Control), exchange of fires is also low,” he said.

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