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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First Published on: November 29, 2016 5:28 pm
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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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                    amar mahanta
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm
                    modiji kitne sahid honge plese aar par ho jai.jai hind
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                      Manikanta
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                      Enough and more. We cannot afford to continue to lose our brave heroes. Looking back at the recent past, these kind of weakling attempts from Porkis have gone up. No more excuses, its high time to wipe out porkis map from the globe
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                        muzafar
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 3:59 am
                        LOL! action with UN, UNHRW spitted on indian face for killings in Kashmir!
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                          rohan
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                          Failed Governance and mismanaged army bosses !
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                            Sanju Baba
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                            Without harm common man and destroying civilisation stan needs to demolish only one solution.
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                              Shrishail
                              Nov 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm
                              POK would be more appropriate here instead of 'stani Kashmir' unless youwant to be criticized for the same!
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                                SUMAN MAITRA
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                                The problems of JandK is a very complicated one . It cannot be solved by paraphrasing, Political Chest-thumping, cosmetic 'Surgical Strike' and ‘Demonetization’ to stop terror funding. And it cannot be only termed as terrorist base law and order problem The two neighbors must sit together and discuss.lt;br/gt;It is true that there are rouge both state and non-state actors predominant in stan. But Govt. should open channel of dialogue with elected representatives of our neighbor.No one, of the two nuclear powered nations can afford the ultimate option. But if both are stop discussing , then one and only ultimate option is left out .After all we cannot change our geographical status, as NEIGHBOR.
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                                  SUMAN MAITRA
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                                  Wearing Hawkish nationalistic majoritarian outfit and trying to exploit the breviary arm forces forces by project himself as Lord Ram and opposition as Meghnath in the event of Surgical Strike' and 'Demonetization' to stop terror funding have not change the ground realities ' There was report on Indian leading newspaper on 13/11 quoting Indian Army that there were 286 cases of cease fire violation by stan post 'Surgical Strike'. and this is the fourth major Insurgency operation since 'Demonetization'. So stop spreading false emotional nationalistic fury.
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                                    Maya
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                                    Unfortunately , this is the state if any country or even a state becomes Muslim majority. It's bloodshed and violence !! Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, stan, Afghanistan . Turkey , Iran had their shares too in the near past. Kashmir- though it's an Indian state where these people unfortunately produced atleast 4 jihadi children per family and outnumbered the local Hindu Pandits
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                                      Jaijawan Jaikisan
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                                      coincides with new army chief in stan sending a message to india, things are not going to change.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Indian army cant protects its own head quarters , what is the use of surgical strikes ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If indian army has to conduct surgical strikes it should be against pak army bases not militant launchpads. lt;br/gt;I hardly seen anytime army killing terrorists before they enter the base like a park.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;not sure why latest technologies are not put to best use to kill the terrorists before they enter bases.
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                                        Vikram
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm
                                        Where is our stupid Defence Minister who was chest beating 2 days back that the calm has come back ... anytime he beats his chest, it shows our lack of preparation ... we must have a capable man in his place ... RIP our brave sons of the soil.
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