7 Soldiers, 6 Militants killed In Twin Jammu Attacks


Jammu: Two major militant attacks rocked Jammu region Tuesday in which 7 army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other security men, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed militants were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.

In one incident, a group of heavily-armed gunment in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city this morning, triggering an intense gunbattle that lasted for hours.

Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive. All were rescued, army spokesman said.

Three militants were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.

According to the reports, militants attacked an army base in Nagrota area of Jammu, Tuesday morning.

According to the police sources, an unknown number of militants stormed the military camp at Nagrota town, near the headquarters of the Indian Army's 16 Corps — a military formation that acts as a nerve centre to fight militancy and defend the borders in Jammu region.

A police officer said the militants carrying automatic weapons and explosives entered the field regiment camp around 5.30 a.m. They started firing indiscriminately at the Officers' Mess inside. Nagrota is located some 15 km from Jammu.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which runs through Nagrota, has been closed as the security forces cordoned off the area. The district administration has closed all schools in Nagrota Tehsil as a precautionary measure.

"We have ordered closure of all schools and education institutions in Nagrota Tehsil in view of the militant attack’’, authorities said.

However, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar said militant focus on military installations, not civilians.

In another encounter, two militants were killed while a soldier was injured as the Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an infiltration bid in Samba district early Tuesday morning.

The BSF spotted suspicious activity in Chamliyal area and sent out a patrol. The patrol was fired upon by the militants holed up in a tube well pump house.

A BSF soldier, identified as Sanjay Kumar, was injured in the firefight that erupted after militants were challenged near Fatwal and Chamliyal posts in Ramghar sector.  Reports said that a search operation has been launched in the area.

Observer News Service

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