J&K: Seven army men killed in terror attack at Army post in Nagrota, all terrorists neutralised

A senior Army officer said that heavily-armed militants in police uniform stormed the 166 artillery unit, opening indiscriminate fire.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2017 1:50 pm
Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir attack, J&K militants, J&K encounter, Kashmir encounter Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps.

Two officers and five jawans were killed on Tuesday after militants in police uniform attacked an army artillery unit in Nagrota on the outskirts of the city, said Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, Defence PRO. He said all three militants were killed in the encounter. There was also a hostage crisis after the militants stormed the 166 artillery unit. Till the last report came in, however, all the hostages have been rescued. “Three heavily armed terrorists in police uniform entered in officers’ mess building complex, fired heavily and attacked with grenades. 12 jawans, two ladies and two children were inside. There was hostage-like situation which was successfully neutralised,” added Mehta.

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A senior Army officer said that heavily-armed militants in police uniform stormed the 166 artillery unit, opening indiscriminate fire. An army officer and two other personnel were killed while several others were injured in the attack, the senior officer said.

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Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps. In view of the attack, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed for traffic in 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 terror attac,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said. An alert has been sounded in Jammu city.

In a separate incident, a BSF DIG and four other security personnel were today injured in a blast while carrying out mopping-up operations in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. Four BSF personnel and a policeman were injured in the blast at the site, DC Samba Sheetal Nanda said. In Delhi, a BSF spokesman said BSF men faced fire from across the IB when anti-infiltration operations were being summed up.

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The BSF DIG on the spot supervising operations and two other constables sustained injuries, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attacks on security forces in Nagrota and Samba, saying such “dastardly” acts would not lower the resolve to fight terrorism. “Condemn the terror attacks in Nagrota and Samba today. Such dastardly acts won’t lower our resolve to fight terrorism,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying on the twitter handle of her party PDP.

She expressed sympathies with the three army men who laid down their lives while fighting the militants. “Pained at loss of three Army men in Nagrota attack. My heartfelt sympathies with the families of these brave officials,” she said.

Responding to the terror attack, Home Secretary R K Singh said this is a “message” sent by Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to India. “We need to take note of the fact that this is the (Pakistan) new Army chief sending a message. His policy will be same as followed by the predecessor…We (also) need to send across a message to him,” he said. “India will hit back harder every time it is targeted,” he said. The BJP MP’s remarks came after militants in police uniform attacked an Army artillery unit in Nagrota, killing three Army personnel, including an officer, and leaving several others injured.

Singh said Pakistan continued to “bleed” India through such terrorist attacks, adding that the recently conducted PoK surgical strike by the Indian Army was not a “one-off” event. “It was a statement of policy…Our policy is that we will hit you back every time you hit us. We will hit you back harder. So, I think a couple of more time we hit them back, it will certainly settle in their mind,” he said.

The BJP leader added that India needed to “follow up on its policy of imposing cost” and that the “Army should revisit the security procedure in general, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Big b
    Nov 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm
    Modi busy in diverting attention from kashmir failure . He should apologize army men for his failure.
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      Keerthana
      Nov 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm
      This is right info. 7 killed. And people must stop blaming the Army. stan can never match us in an open war. These tactics of back stabbing are the only thing they can do. How much can you be prepared when terrorists sneak into the state, mix with the local crowd and shoot. Its easy to criticize but that's how the ground reality is!! A battalion of soldiers does a hard day's work, is driving back to the quarters when they are suddenly shot at. How much can you protect yourself from such attacks that can happen at ANY time of the day?? No terrorist carries a card saying he's a terrorist but an army man is in uniform. Please let's not talk about security laoses.
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        Nbalu two
        Nov 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm
        Really shocking. Any consolidated method should be devised in consultation with former army and police veterans.peace restored in j and k.
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          Nbalu two
          Nov 30, 2016 at 1:19 am
          Because of patriotism army men not belonging to that particular border area are killed.let the local people living near the border areas must be trained as if in home guards and made to protect first.then everything will be easily tamed.
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            Satyaki
            Nov 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm
            Oh God this is horrible. And this is the result of this stupid government and it's stupid ministers handling the situation in a juvenile way.
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              pakistaan ka dhusman
              Apr 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm
              you are right bro sab chor hi koie kaam ka nahi hi jishke ghar ka aadmi ja raha hi ushshe pucho tab pata chalega
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              Soundar
              Nov 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm
              DM Parriker said surgical strikes and demonitization will bring down terrorism but rather it is increasing. If he shuts his loud mouth definitely terrorism will reduce.
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                ABC
                Nov 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                Militancy has started again.Looks like enemy has succeeded in printing 2000 rupees note.
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                  ajay M
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm
                  Why do we need fancy missiles and glittering air crafts where our front line soldiers fighting with enemy face to face have no bullet proof jackets and protective head gear? look at the soldiers in those pictures. even the militias of sudan, somalia also better equipped than indian soldier.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I wonder how anyone wearing army uniforms can easily enter sensitive areas and roam free. does uniform is the ideny of a soldier? what a pathetic infrastructure we have? why dont they have magnetic strips which can be scanned from long distance?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;every time when ever terrorists kill our soldiers we wake up but limited to call tenders of procurement and ignore them. our corrupt politicians only interested in big fancy deals where they get huge kickbacks.
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