10 Killed In Major Militant Strike in Jammu

Fidayeen in military uniform storm army bunker

JAMMU:  Militants stormed an army installation in Arnia sector of Jammu Thursday morning and the ensuing day long gunfight left at least 10 people, including three army soldiers and three civilians dead.

Fidayeen militants donning Indian military fatigues had taken refuge inside an army bunker and were reportedly using the army ammunition already stored there, reports reaching here said in the evening.

A defence spokesman  said four militants, three army troopers and an equal number of civilians were killed when militants stormed the army bunker in Arnia Sector along International Border  in Jammu.

The attack came on the day when premiers of India and Pakistan exchanged greetings at SAARC Summit in Nepal. It also occurred a day before the scheduled poll rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Udhampur and Poonch districts of Jammu Division.

A senior official, on the condition of anonymity said the armed militants, who had apparently infiltrated on the intervening night of Wednesday, were spotted in Pindi Kalan village by locals who informed army and Border Security Force (BSF) personal.  

“The militants, believed to be 6 in number, barged into a house where they held civilians hostage and later entered into an abandoned army bunker from where they fired on army,” the official said.

Another official, however, said the militants were four in number, who split themselves in two groups. “One group fired from house and another from bunker,” he said, adding, the militants before firing at security personnel killed three civilians.

Another source said that the fidayeens had come nearly two km inside the Indian territory behind the barbed wire fence and injured three army jawans before entering an army bunker near village Kathar. 

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said four militants, three civilians and three army soldiers were killed in the deadly attack. 

Omar said the timing of the attack ‘can't be a coincidence’.

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