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.
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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.
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.