Two soldiers killed, nine injured as militants storm Indian army camp

Marie Harrington
February 11, 2018

Two subedars of the Army were killed while six others-including a colonel and the daughter of one of slain subedars-were injured after a group of Jaish-e-Muhammad fidayeen stormed an Army camp at Sunjwan in Jammu early on Saturday.

Two soldiers, including one JCO, from J-K have been martyred in the attack.

"Operations will continue till all the terrorist are apprehended or killed", he added.

Two assailants had also been killed as of Saturday evening - the men wore fatigues and carried assault rifles, a large amount of ammunition and hand grenades - said the spokesman, Lt. Col. Devender Anand.

Officials suspect four to five militants have managed to enter the highly guarded camp to take on army personnel present there.

A senior Home Ministry official said the attack had tell-tale signs that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM). "The MHA is closely monitoring the situation", a tweet posted by Mr. Singh's verified handle said.

The national highway, which was closed in view of terror attack, was thrown open for the traffic in the afternoon later while the security forces cordoned the area of terror site.

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The Indian Army has lit up the entire area and is moving cautiously to avoid any collateral damage due to the presence of families of Army jawans inside the camp. Almost a dozen soldiers were killed when militant attacked the camp in 2003. Since terrorists are holed up inside the family quarters, we are moving very cautiously.

Soon after the attack, reinforcement of army and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid fierce gunfight, they said.

Most of the unarmed soldiers and their family members were rescued by the Army after cornering the attackers.

Earlier, the state police informed that three security personnel and a civilian suffered injuries in the attack.

The central security official, however, said that "army installations in J&K are.have always been high on list of possible targets of Pakistani infiltrators".

Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, expressed anguish over the militant attack and the loss of life caused in it.

Jammu's regional police chief SD Singh said the attack kicked off around 4:55 am (2325 GMT Friday) when guards came under a hail of bullets near the base's boundary wall.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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