Seven soldiers, several militants killed in two Jammu attacks

The violence on Tuesday followed days of calm on the border and the Line of Control (LoC) between Indian and Pakistani forces.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2017 1:50 pm
army, terror attack, terrorist attack, samba, nargota The attacks at the army base and a BSF camp were the latest in a series of militant violence that has escalated after the September 29 surgical strikes at terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Seven soldiers and several terrorists were killed in two separate attacks in Jammu on Tuesday. The first attack took place in Nagrota on the outskirts of Jammu city where terrorists, carrying guns and grenades stormed into an Army camp. Although all two terrorists were eliminated by the security forces, seven Army men were killed in the gun battle. The second incident took place in Samba sector near the Pakistan border where the forces gunned down three militants.

The attacks at the army base and a BSF camp were the latest in a series of militant violence that has escalated after the September 29 surgical strikes at terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

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Police sources that an unknown number of militants barged into the military camp at Nagrota town, near the headquarters of the Indian Army’s 16 Corps — a military formation that acts as a nerve centre to fight militancy and defend the borders in Jammu region.

A police officer said the militants carrying automatic weapons and explosives entered the field regiment camp around 5.30 a.m. They started firing indiscriminately at the Officers’ Mess inside. The dead soldiers included Major Kunal Gossain of 166 Medium Regiment Artillery, the officer said. The body of one of the slain gunmen was recovered even as the fighting was still raging. However, military spokesperson Lt. Col Manish Mehta refused to divulge details of the attack or the casualties. “We will not confirm any casualty till the operation is over,” Mehta said, adding that heavy exchange of fire was still on.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway, which runs through Nagrota, has been closed for traffic near the town after the security forces cordoned off the area. As soldiers battled the militants in Nagrota, another gunfight raged in Samba, some 40 km south of here.

A police officer said security forces engaged a group of infiltrators from Pakistan in a shootout near the International Border. Three militants were killed in the heavy exchange of fire during which an ammunition dump caught flames and exploded, critically injuring at least six border policemen, including an officer of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank, B.S. Kasana.

The six, including Special Operation Group Inspector Sarabjit Singh, were taken to a hospital here, a police officer said, adding their condition was serious.

The violence on Tuesday followed days of calm on the border and the Line of Control (LoC) between Indian and Pakistani forces. The two sides have been exchanging heavy mortar and artillery fire for months after the September 18 killing of 19 Indian soldiers in an attack on a military base in the border town of Uri in Kashmir.

Following the Uri attack, the Indian Army destroyed at least seven terror launch pads and killed an unknown number of terrorists and their sympathisers across the LoC in Pakistani Kashmir. Since then, militants have attacked security forces in at least a dozen strikes in Jammu and Kashmir.

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    Keerthana
    Nov 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    What does one talk to a jihadist?? Well maybe Mr. Suman Maitra can achieve what our diplomats couldn't achieve for 70 years.
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      Suraj Rama
      Nov 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm
      Why Bharat still waiting?no reply but end every day 2,5,3,7,17 like that in number dieing on border with no cause they are human be strict in responce.
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      Raghuramu
      Nov 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm
      I feel we (Indian Govt.)afraid for Pak's Nuclear threat. May be right. But how long? Proper action to be taken with the help of UN as early as possible.
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        Hari
        Nov 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm
        Most attacks are in the morning. The soldiers should be chosen. Who remans awake. They save everyone. Enforce Strict rules in border.
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          dilip
          Nov 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm
          RIp Bravehearts holi khate veer jawan bhashan dete politicians
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            Jawhar
            Nov 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm
            The terrorist nation stan is continuing with its terrorist policies. Terrorism is the single pillar on which stan is standing now. Terrorists in stan are all in uniform and all are state actors. The only job available in stan for a youth is to become a terrorist for stan army. lt;br/gt;India should have a proactive policy to deal with a terrorist country called stan.
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              LC
              Nov 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm
              it is not 60 years of macre you forget we won wars against s. But the jingosim makes us forget that we had various glories in these 60 years.Please don't use the comment of 60 years and focus on the next few years. With teh china sta ecnomic corridor coming up...the goal post has changed and we don't know how to react. MOdi govt was sleeping when the corridor was built
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                LC
                Nov 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                well one point is proven that demonetisation has not managed to curb terror.
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