One BSF jawan lost his life, while another was injured in exchange of fire with the terrorists, a top official confirmed to The Indian Express. The incident took place when the militants on Sunday launched a ‘Fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on 46 Rashtriya Rifles army camp in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. The camp is located on the outskirts of Baramulla city, 54 kms from Srinagar.
The firing has come to a halt and terrorists were not able to breach the army camp parameters, said the official.
Northern Command of Indian Army said in a tweet that the situation at Baramulla was contained and under control.
Baramulla Incident situation contained and under control @adgpi
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) October 2, 2016
According to the officials, the terrorists were believed to have entered the establishment through the adjacent BSF camp but were not able to breach the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp. Heavy exchange of fire broke out in the region.
WATCH | Baramulla attack: Situation contained and under control, says Army
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 2, 2016
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also alerted the public about the situation.
In a tweet, Abdullah said, “Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.”
Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 2, 2016
Sources claimed that there was some firing from adjacent houses located near the camp. The residents living close by to the camp switched off all their lights out of fear.
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. Barely a fortnight ago, terrorists launched an assault on army’s brigade headquarters at Uri which left 19 soldiers dead. The Indian army carried out retaliatory surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads early Thursday in PoK and there were apprehensions about possible suicide attacks on defence installations ever since.