Kupwara attack: Militants strike Army camp near LoC, Captain is among 3 personnel killed

Two militants were gunned down by troops while a third slipped away, leaving behind his weapon.

Written by Mir Ehsan , Sushant Singh | Srinagar/new Delhi | Published:April 28, 2017 4:59 am
kupwara, kupwara attack, kupwara militant attack, kashmir attack, army attack, kupwara terror attack, kashmir news, kashmir attack, indian express, indian express news, kashmir news, latest kashmir news Near the Army camp in Kupwara which was attacked by militants early Thursday. Source: Shuaib Masoodi

Three Army personnel including a Captain were killed and five others injured when heavily armed militants sneaked into an artillery camp after snipping perimeter wire fences and opened fire in the early hours of Thursday in Panzgam in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

Two militants were gunned down by troops while a third slipped away, leaving behind his weapon. Officers said there was every possibility that the militants had come from across the Line of Control.

Panzgam is located close to the LoC on the Kupwara-Chowkidar highway, around 20 km from Kupwara town, and houses the rear base — administrative and logistics base for units operationally deployed on the LoC — of nine Army units. The camp is marked by two tiers of barbed-wire fencing, separated by 50-100 metres.

The personnel killed in the attack were identified as Captain Ayush Yadav (26), Subedar Bhoop Singh Gujjar (46) and Naik Bhoota Venkata Ramanna (38). The five who were injured were flown to the Army Base Hospital at the Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar.

Colonel Saurav Joshi, Commanding Officer, Artillery Regiment, said three militants sneaked into the camp from the rear end and began moving towards the residential areas of the camp.

Clashes in Kupwara areas after Fidayeen attack on army camp.Three army soldiers, including a captain, one civilian and two militants were killed in the Fidayeen attack at an army camp in Panzgam. Five soldiers were also wounded in the pre-dawn attack.Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi 27-04-2017

“The militants, who entered the camp after cutting the barbed wire (fencing), were engaged by soldiers. Two militants were killed after intense firing. Another militant who was injured managed to escape, taking advantage of the dark,” he said.

Joshi said three AK-47 rifles were recovered after the gunbattle. “The injured militant will be tracked down soon. The Army is trying to ascertain the identities of the slain militants. They could be foreigners,’’ he said.

The attack took place around 4.30 am. The militants, who were dressed in black Pathani suits with camouflage-pattern sleeveless jackets, had breached two layers of fencing. They fired an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) which led to the death of Naik Bhoota Venkata who was in the perimeter patrol team.

A security personnal stand near a camp.Three army soldiers, including a captain, and two militants were killed in the Fidayeen attack at an army camp in Panzgam. Five soldiers were also wounded in the pre-dawn attack.

The militants then moved towards the shelters where officers were staying and opened fire. A Quick Response Team engaged the militants. In the encounter that followed, Captain Ayush Yadav and Subedar Bhoop Singh Gujjar lost their lives while five other soldiers were injured.

No backpacks were found on the dead militants. During the search, three AK-47 rifles were recovered, along with nine magazines and 156 rounds, one Chinese pistol, one UBGL, two GPS sets and a smartphone. The recovery of three AK-47 pointed to the presence of at least another militant who managed to escape.

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    Sreenivasan
    Apr 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    When the government was in the hands of 'less patriotic people' things were much better. The avowedly 'patriotic' government has failed to control the situation miserably. They only use the dead bodies of the soldiers for political purpose.
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      Mahender Goriganti
      Apr 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm
      All Jihadi pigs should be disposed off like as such so they are denied any such dreams of virgins & heaven.
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        Mohammad Dar
        Apr 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm
        you mean, as the hogs of hinduism racism by faith, in human form, slaughtered by the freedom fighters of Kashmir? NEVER.
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        Mahender Goriganti
        Apr 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm
        Islamic Express has contempt for our solders refuses to respect our brave solders & officers who scarified their lives for us and the nation. It is time we call Kashmir as a war zone, handover the land to Army for 10 years and let them deal with as they please. .
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          Mohammad Dar
          Apr 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm
          to be slaughtered deserving of hogs of hinduism racism by faith, in human form.
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          Shah Mir
          Apr 28, 2017 at 9:29 am
          Such incidents show the urgent need to solve the K-Dispute without any delay. Kashmir problem has been a hurdle in the development and progress of the two countries, in fact the subcontinent. Both countries should go ahead with proper understanding keeping in view the world compe ion in the progress and development.
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            Mahender Goriganti
            Apr 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm
            I know what is hidden in your post. Nothing satisfies the Islamists (converted Muslims are like born again Christians)
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              Mohammad Dar
              Apr 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm
              in mind set of a hindu immoral low cast ,on the end of a leash, held by a hog of hinduism racism by faith, Brahman, his hindu crook man god.
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            s s nair
            Apr 28, 2017 at 8:21 am
            There were big words while in opposition about a strong govt and weak gov. Are we having a strong govt at Delhi now? then we need proof.
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              Kumar
              Apr 28, 2017 at 7:51 am
              The army while in camp near border should never be complacent and should always be on the alert. They should wear all the time bullet proof vests and steel helmet, even if they are resting in the camp. Some of the army men should be outside the camp looking for militants attack.
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                A M
                Apr 28, 2017 at 7:11 am
                Unless stan is crushed, this problem can't be solved. Before that the enemies within should be ruthlessly eliminated, be they journos or politicians who sympathize with stone pelters- Aravindan
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                  Mashal K H
                  Apr 28, 2017 at 9:06 am
                  Kejriwal shows 3 signs of the hypocrite : when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust.
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                  Sheik Mohamed
                  Apr 28, 2017 at 7:03 am
                  What saffronized party ruling government is doing in this regard? Nothing due to their gross negligence on their part to govern properly our soldiers continue to loss their precious lives, be it Maoists or at the hands of militants in Kashmir. What about the statement made by Mr.Ravi Shankar of BJP that terrorists back bone had been broken due to Demonetization. Saffronized party and their affiliated organization had took over reins three years ago, still you are not capable of doing anything in this regard? How much time you prefer to blame previous regime, for your utter failure to tackle this issue? Security agencies/intelligence had also failed to discharge their duties, instead raping Kashmiri women/committing atrocities on the pretext of maintaining law&order/search operation for militants. Shall not they retaliate by throwing stones on them? Then describe them anti nationals. Who is accountable for your misdeeds in Kashmir?
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                    Scorpion
                    Apr 28, 2017 at 8:26 am
                    Why call these s gu and glorify them. You are concerned about women who pelt stones and What about raping our nation and eating into it like parasites. You traitors need to be thrown out of kashmir at the first instance. Enough of toleration and enough of innocent military lives lost. Remove article 370 and see the difference.
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                      Mahender Goriganti
                      Apr 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm
                      Jihadi pigs all over India. Time to get rid off them as such.
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