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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First Published on: November 29, 2016 7:28 pm
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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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              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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                    Arun
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm
                    War is not good for both countries. Indians were beating drums on killing of 7 pak soldiers a week ago along LOC. Mr Modi since he came in power has turned India into a security state. He should show restrain and move towards a peaceful Kashmir resolution.lt;br/gt;How many more bodies you need before sitting on table for dialogue. War is no solution. You have to talk at the end but by that time there will be more widows and more without fathers on both sides. No one is superior in this warfare. Both are nuke states. India should play a big brother role lest it is too late...
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                      chandula surana
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm
                      The above report nowhere says 2 Army officers were killed, your headline is saying something else.....why this contradiction...please do not spread rumours....pathetic reporting
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                        Amit Kumar
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 1:39 am
                        A full fledged strike is needed to teach terroristhan.. and even after this much .....what angers me more is that it is still our Most favored Nation !!!
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                          Anik Chowdhury
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                          I deeply mourn the death of my 7 Jawan brothers,may their souls rest in peace,the government should provide adequate financial help to these 7 aggrieved families ,we want the deadbodies of at least 700 stani Soldiers for this.
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                            Anik Chowdhury
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm
                            I deeply mourn the death of the 7 bravehearts,may their soul rest in peace we need the deadbodies of at least 700 stani Soldiers
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                              Ashish Biswas
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm
                              Sad to say but this shows very poor operational Preparedness by the Army. All major bases of the armed forces namely Pathankot air base, Uri base and now Nagrota base have been penetrated by the terrorist. Further the army says that they are heavily armed. Obviously ,they have not come for playing cricket. It is time the civilian leadership checks and verifies the actual preparedness of our armed forces.Don't leave everything to the Army. This can have serious consequences. 1962 war with China should be a good reminder.
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                                Aditya
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm
                                Do many deaths are painful.
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                                  CrystallBall
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                                  But what's your point ?. And what is power hungry there?
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                                    romi
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                                    time has come for rss bajrang dal shiv sena to waek up and send its workers to ist and fight against the locals who are supporting terrorists lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;the local support of terrorists has to stop
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                                      romi
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                                      time has come for rss bajrang dal shiv sena to waek up and send its workers to ist and fight against the locals who are supporting terrorists lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;the local support of terrorists has to stop
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                                        Kashif Rehman
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                                        Kashmiris dont think so
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                                          General
                                          Nov 30, 2016 at 3:37 am
                                          If army is not safe in its camp, what will be condition of common man?
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                                            Ashok Kumar
                                            Nov 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                                            Coward Pak army can indulge only in terrorism. They are not capable of facing our professional army. Indian army will teach a bitter lesson to these cowards. The w nation salutes our martyred brave soldiers. Jai Hind.
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