Terrorists storm into Army family complex in Jammu; Kill two, injure 6
Sunjuwan strike breaks 15-month lull in terror attacks in Jammu; militants 'isolated', op continues
Security personnel (also below) take position around the family quarters of the Sunjuwan Military Station on Saturday. Four militants are believed to be holed up in the camp. Pics/PTI
Suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists on Saturday struck at an Army camp near Jammu, killing two junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and injuring six others, including a Major rank officer and the daughter of an Army personnel.
Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said, "Around 4.55 am after a brief exchange of fire with sentry on the periphery of the Sunjuwan Military Station, some terrorists entered the family accommodation complex. Quick response teams have cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses [inside the camp]. Due to the presence of women and children in the colony, the operation is progressing slowly. The terror strike comes 15 months after a similar attack in Nagrota on November 29, 2016, in which seven Army troopers were killed.
The rescue op
Army personnel in bulletproof vehicles rescued people from the family quarters in the rear side of the base, till late in the evening. "The attack has been contained, but the operation is still in progress. A final assault against the holed-up terrorists would be launched once the rescue operation is over," officials said. Preliminary estimates suggested that there could be three to four militants inside the camp. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Our Army and security forces are effectively accomplishing their job."
Intel inputs ignored
Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on an Army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013. A high alert has been sounded in Jammu.
No. of soldiers killed in a suicide attack at Sunjuwan camp in 2006
Defence Ministry sanctions R1,487 cr to Army for 'security'
The Defence Ministry has sanctioned R1,487 crore to the Army to fortify its bases in J&K, North East and several other places to plug their security gaps and protect them from any terror attacks, official sources said on Saturday.
NC MLA shouts pro-Pakistan slogans inside J&K Assembly
Senior National Conference (NC) lawmaker, Mohammad Akbar Lone, on Saturday raised Pro-Pakistan slogans in the J&K Assembly after BJP members condemned the neighbouring country over the terror attack on an Army camp. The NC distanced itself from the sloganeering by the MLA that came even as the operation to flush out terrorists from the Sunjuwan camp was underway.
Pak Army continues shelling along LoC areas in Poonch
Pakistani troops launched mortars shells at civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Saturday, police said. "There was no loss of life or injury to any one," a police officer said. A total of 18 people, including 10 security personnel and eight civilians, were killed and over 75 injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC and the IB in Jammu region this year.