Five Army men, one civilian killed in Jammu

Updated: 12 February, 2018 13:24 IST | Agencies | Sunjwan

Three heavily armed JeM men who struck the camp in Jammu were slain by the Indian Army

Security personnel at Sunjuwan Military Station during the attack
Security personnel at Sunjuwan Military Station during the attack

A day after the audacious pre-dawn terror strike at the military camp here, the Army yesterday said it has found the bodies of three of its personnel and a civilian, taking the toll to six, and gunned down three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists.

Five Army men, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and the father of a soldier have been killed in the attack by the terrorists who struck at the sprawling camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) on Saturday, an Army spokesperson said.

In a statement, Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said three heavily armed terrorists have been killed in the ongoing operation. While two were gunned down on Saturday, the body a third terrorist was found yesterday, he said, adding they were in combat gear. He said that AK-56 rifles, an under barrel grenade Launcher, ammunition and grenades were from them. The spokesperson also said, "There has been no firing since last night."

Ten people, including Major Avijit Singh, have been injured of which six are women and children, he said. Those killed were identified as Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, Subdebar Mohmmad Ashraf Mir, Havaldar Habib-Ullah Qurashi, Naik Manzoor Ahmed, Lance Naik Mohmmad Iqbal – all from the JAKLI, besides the father of Lance Naik Mohmmad Iqbal, he said.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on an Army or security establishment by the Pakistan-based JeM in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013, for the 2001 attack on Parliament House.

He fought with his bare hands
Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, 50, faced the group of heavily armed desperate terrorists with his bare hands, took scores of bullets on his chest and arms, yet ensured the assailants could not inflict much harm on his family. He eventually fell to the AK 47 bullets fired by the terrorists, who attacked his quarter, but foiled their plan to cause maximum damage. Choudhary's family had come to his quarter to shop for a wedding of a relative. His brother Surinder said he managed to facilitate the exit of family members from the back as he blocked the entry of terrorists.

Injured pregnant woman delivers
One of the injured women was pregnant and later delivered a baby girl through a caesarean operation, he said, adding both mother and child were stable. A 14-year-old boy had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was in a critical condition, the spokesperson said. Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said investigation is on to find out where the terrorists came from. "Whether they infiltrated from Pakistan or came from Kashmir is being investigated," the DGP said.

Home Minister says
In Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh exuded confidence that the ongoing operation against terrorists would be successfully concluded soon. "I think it is not proper for me to comment when the operation is still on. I'm sure that our jawans, who are in the operation, will successfully conclude it," he told reporters.

No of people injured in the attack

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First Published: 12 February, 2018 08:42 IST

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