Nagrota attacks: Army Chief Dalbir Singh visits site, briefed about combing operations

On Tuesday, two officers and five jawans were killed after militants in police uniform stormed the army artillery unit in Nagrota.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 5:29 pm
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Following the militant attack on the army artillery unit in Nagrota near Jammu, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Wednesday visited the site of the incident to assess the situation. On Tuesday, two officers and five jawans were killed after militants in police uniform stormed the army artillery unit in Nagrota. All three militants were killed in the encounter. There was also a hostage crisis after the militants stormed the 166 artillery unit. However, all the hostages were reportedly rescued.

Gen Suhag arrived in Nagrota in the afternoon and was briefed by the top commanders on the terror attack at an army artillery unit. He was also briefed about the combing operations.

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He reviewed the security aspect post terror attack and paid tributes to those killed in the strike.

“Combing operation resumed this morning at the camp. The area has to be cleared… Operation is on to see whether there is presence of any other militant in the area. We cannot take chances,” a senior army officer said.

‘Blinds’ (unexploded shells) were destroyed at the site of the terror attack by a bomb disposal team during the combing operation.

Jammu was rocked by two terror attacks yesterday in which seven army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.

In one incident, a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city.

Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive. All were rescued.

Three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.

(With inputs from PTI)