J&K: Terror strikes Army camp at Nagrota, 2 officers among 7 personnel dead

A high alert has been sounded across the state, including on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Security has also been stepped up in Katra town and Vaishno Devi shrine visited everyday by pilgrims from across the country.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: November 30, 2016 11:46 am
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In the biggest strike on an Indian Army unit since the September 18 Uri attack, terrorists targeted an Army camp at the XVI Corps headquarters in Nagrota near Jammu, killing two officers and five soldiers. In a separate strike, another group of terrorists attacked a BSF patrol at Chamliyal in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district. A BSF DIG was among four injured in the incident. While three terrorists were killed in Nagrota, another three were gunned down at Chamliyal.

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In Nagrota, where mopping operations were still on this evening, troops fought back and foiled a hostage situation involving women and children. The terrorists targeted accommodation meant for Army Majors.

Defence spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said two officers were among seven Army personnel dead. While the Army has not yet released the names of the dead and injured, official sources identified three of the seven dead as Major Kunal Gosavi of the 166 Medium Regiment, Lance Naik Kadam of 17 Rashtriya Rifles and Sepoy Ragwender of 12 Rashtriya Rifles.

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The BSF DIG injured at Chamliyal was named as B S Kasana.

In New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been briefed on the Nagrota attack.

“Statistics have shown that the attack is on military installations. Civilians are not being targeted. No civilian has been targeted as they seek local support. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been briefed on it,” Parrikar was quoted by the ANI news agency.

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The attacks came three days after Pakistan named General Qamar Javed Bajwa as its new Army chief. He is considered an old Kashmir hand and has done stints with the Pakistan Army’s Rawalpindi-based X Corps which oversees the area along the Line of Control with India.

It is still not clear how the heavily armed terrorists managed to reach Nagrota but official sources believe they sneaked in from the Valley-end. But questions remain on how did they manage to get past at least a dozen nakas and checkposts on the road leading to Nagrota.

Sources said the terrorists, attired in J&K police uniform, scaled a wall and stormed the 166 Medium Regiment premises shortly after 5 am Tuesday, hurling grenades and firing indiscriminately at the sentry post.

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According to one account, the terrorists came in a Maruti car, crossed the Ban toll plaza, and after some distance, got off the vehicle and headed straight to the Army camp. Stationed on land which one housed the village of Sarmoi, the 166 Medium Regiment unit forms part of the XVI Corps and is the first stop when one enters Nagrota from the Udhampur-end.

Taking advantage of the dark — it was not yet daylight there at 5 am — the terrorists headed to the accommodation housing Army Majors. There was a bid to take people, including women and children, hostage but that was foiled by troops who fought back.

By afternoon, three terrorists had been shot dead. Troops were still sanitising the premises, looking for anyone who may still be hiding or unexploded ordnance.

At Chamliyal, three terrorists were shot by BSF personnel as they tried to infiltrate with the help of cover fire from Pakistani troops. They were gunned down inside a tubewell room on a farm where they had sought shelter. A BSF constable was injured in the firefight.

Later, three personnel, including DIG Kasana, were injured as they tried to retrieve the bodies of the terrorists. The BSF denied reports that its men were injured because one of the bodies had been booby trapped with an improvised explosive device. D K Upadhyaya, IG BSF, said the DIG and the others were injured in firing from Pakistani troops when they tried to pull out the bodies from the tubewell room.

A high alert has been sounded across the state, including on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Security has also been stepped up in Katra town and Vaishno Devi shrine visited everyday by pilgrims from across the country.

 

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    Ash
    Nov 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm
    stan using militants to bleed India.....they taking the advantage, may be it's time we go their way.
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      ghg
      Nov 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm
      Why the army is yet to claim that the bodies of the dead were mutilated by Kashmeres? Isn't it a SOP(Standard Operating Procedure) to mutilate the dead bodies and claim it was done by the Kashmeres?
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        Mytake
        Nov 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm
        This is the result of what Congress prepared India for over the years/decades. Congress made India internally weak using corruption and religious/caste divides and did not let India to become more stronger while Congress had every opportunity to do so. People are paying for the sin of choosing leaders who were not fit for!
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          MyTake
          Nov 29, 2016 at 6:58 pm
          Without doing a major clean up operation inside, India will be unnecessarily burdened while it could put all its weight for the welfare and betterment of the people and contributing even to peace effort outside. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The result of the effect of India's internal strife can be seen by comparing the way developed democracies addresses the terrorism issues/peace effort by deploying troops outside and the India's hesitation in doing so because of its internal "compulsion"! India has been made come to this weak kneed situation gradually over the years so the Islamists could finish their unfinished agenda. They heavily egged on congress, specially in its later years in the name of irresponsible and unaccountable "democracy", in the hate of "majoritarian democracy", in the "pleasure" of not even to fight corruption because it will help the "communal" forces!
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            Naveen
            Nov 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm
            Where are the Awad Vapsis, fake "Intolerance" campaigners, Corrupt Media Editors, Con Party Prince, Kerjilal - You all cry when action is taken against terrorists, but not uttering a single word of sympathy when our army men sacrifices their lives.
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            PCKULKARNI
            Nov 30, 2016 at 5:22 am
            First find fault with your dear FM and then find fault with others, Mr. Bhakt
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              Trun
              Nov 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm
              I don't know much about our surgical strike but the way they are striking defence establishments shows meticulously planned surgical strikes.
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                ramji
                Nov 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm
                DEFENCE MINISTER MUST NOT RESIGN. IF HE RESIGN WHO WILL GUIDE THE ARMY.FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF INIDA WE HAVE A GREAT DEFENCE MINISTER WHO ( according to him)HAS BEEN TRAINED BY RSS
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