J&K: Terrorists strike at night near Army camp in Baramulla

This attack follows the terror attack at an infantry battalion base in Uri on September 20.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar/new Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2016 12:22 pm
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A gunbattle was underway late Sunday night in the Valley town of Baramulla where terrorists attacked an Army camp, four days after the Indian Army announced in it had carried out surgical strikes against seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Baramulla residents said the firing started at 10.20 pm and was followed by three or four explosions. At the time of going to press midnight, heavy exchange of fire was going on between the terrorists and Army personnel.

 

Army sources said the likely location of the terror attack is the battalion headquarters of 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Baramulla.

According to Army sources in Srinagar, it was not clear if the terrorists had been able to breach the camp’s perimeter security.

This attack follows the terror attack at an infantry battalion base in Uri on September 20. The Uri brigade also falls under the 19 Infantry Division which has its headquarters in Baramulla.

The RR battalion headquarters is located in the vicinity of a BSF unit, across the Jhelum river. The camp is bound by the Srinagar-Baramulla-Handwara highway on one side, while Gullar Park and a residential colony is on the other side of the camp.

The headquarters of the 19 Infantry Division is on the other side of the river.

The 46 RR battalion is responsible for the security of the local military garrison, and counter-insurgency operations in Baramulla town and neighbouring villages.

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All internal and external roads leading to the military camp had been blocked by the security forces, and Army patrols on motorboats in the Jhelum had started around 11.45 pm.

Residents said Army vehicles could be seen moving towards the RR battalion headquarters. Sirens were heard soon after the attack began, residents said.

A PTI report from Srinagar quoted Colonel Rajesh Kalia, spokesman for the XV Corps, as saying that terrorists fired at an Army camp in Baramulla and firing was still on. The camp is located 54 km from Srinagar.

The attack comes following intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on September 29.

An AP report quoted police as saying say an unspecified number of militants had fired grenades and guns at the camp, triggering an exchange of gunfire.

Police officer Syed Javeid Mujataba Gillani said it was not immediately known whether the militants tried to enter the camp on Sunday night.

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    Gullu
    Oct 9, 2016 at 3:34 am
    How come India cannot covertly lay Mines on stani side of No Man' s Land. ?lt;br/gt;Lets see how many can cross illegally. Spray the land with camouflaged poisonous darts. Start investing in Motion detection automatic weapons every 1000 yards
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    mani
    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:10 am
    while we can be confident about our army responding appropriately, where we lack maturity is in our media reporting. A reporter who has very little knowledge about how the terrorists operate, how the army operates etc just shoots his or her mouth off for the general public spread across the length and breadth of the country. the excited and ill informed reporter reports it like a T20 match.For example - terrorists in kashmir valley threaten poor villagers and hide in villages often. some of those terrorists themselves may be misguided local youth. They often resort to the tactics of one or two of them taking the cover of night, forested areas or village huts and firing from a safe distance the village or a camp or towards the general area and running away after firing a few rounds. A novice reporter clueless about how terrorists operate and how the army responds, reports this as 'an attack on Army camp' instead of saying that a couple of terrorists fired a few rounds at night, the firing was in heard in so and so area etc.The connotation of an 'attack on a post' is totally different. The terrorists want the media to say that they have attacked a post. This is where our reporters look naive and ignorant. They must make themselves familiar with how the terrorists operate, what is a post, what is an administrative base, what is the connotation of someone firing an odd round from some place in the general vicinity and running away etc before they start reporting. Reporters also mix up the army and Central Armed Police Forces like The BSF,CRPF etc. The army, by way of its war ethos,HR, training, equipment, leadership, motivation etc are a totally different kettle of fish. While our Central police force forces like BSF etc do a greta job and must be appreciated, it is a sin to mix up or compare the army with police forces. its sad to see total unprofessional reporting from the site and an equally unprofessional news reader pretending to be an expert. let us see the indian media coming off age in reporting of terrorist incidents,war like situations and .. have some mediocre war reporters at least. i am sure that if you approach the defence ministry PRO or the army they will educate our reporters.
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    Muhammad Riyaz
    Oct 3, 2016 at 5:26 am
    Great work, freedom fighters!
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