Militants attack Sunjuwan army camp, 2 soldiers martyred, six others injured

Militants attack Sunjuwan army camp, 2 soldiers martyred, six others injured

Militants attack Sunjuwan army camp, 2 soldiers martyred, six others injured

Hindu-majority Jammu, located in the foothills of the mountainous region, is relatively peaceful but has repeatedly seen militant assaults on military bases close to the state's border with Pakistan. The operation inside the military station which started before daybreak was still going on till going to Press. In the past two years, Afzal Guru has emerged as the common link in at least three attacks on police and Army camps along the Jammu-Pathankot highway.

High alert has been sounded across Jammu following the fidayeen strike. "We have ordered closure of schools in Sunjwan area as a precautionary measure in the wake of the attack", a spokesman of the Jammu divisional commissioner's office said. "Four soldiers, and five women and children were also wounded".

Till late evening, the Army commandos cleared more than 150 houses on the military complex by shifting the occupants to safer places.

"Operations will continue till all the terrorist are apprehended or killed", an army official said.

Lt-Col Anand confirmed the terrorists were wearing Army combat dress and carrying AK-56 Assault Rifles, large quantity of ammunition, hand grenades, etc. The state assembly in Kashmir was in an uproar against the events.

Later in the day, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti chaired a high-level security meeting in Jammu which was attended by J&K DGP S.P. Vaid and personnel from other security agencies. She also said that her husband was also seriously injured in the attack and needs immediate evacuation. "My heart goes out to the injured & their families".

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In the initial attack, Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhry, his daughter, Neha, and Lance Naik Bahadur Singh were injured.

Jammu's regional police chief SD Singh said the attack kicked off around 4:55 am (2325 GMT Friday) when guards came under a hail of bullets near the base's boundary wall.

"They've been cornered in one of the family quarters".

Two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) were killed while a Colonel rank officer and daughter of an Army personnel were among four persons injured as militants attacked the Sunjwan Army camp in Jammu city early today, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said.

Both mother and child are said to be safe and healthy. "The army needs to out more resources in guarding its installations", said Chaudhary, a retired IPS officer.

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