Jammu: Three militants believed to be associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and two soldiers were killed and nine others wounded after militants attacked an Army camp in Sunjwan area in Jammu outskirts .
According to Defence PRO, at least three militants have been killed and the operation is still underway. Some AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons were also recovered from the slain militants.
”Search of their belongings confirmed that the militants belonged to JeM. So far, one JCO and 1 NCO, both belonging to J&K, have been killed and 9 others are injured. Two of them being critical. The operation will continue till all militants are apprehended or killed,” the Defence PRO said.
The security forces are trying to eliminate other militants believed to be holed up in the area. Their exact number is not known yet.
An official said two soldiers were also killed in the attack
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti this afternoon chaired an emergency meeting with top state government officials, including the J&K Police DGP SP Vaid, to discuss the situation.
Sources said the Army was going from room to room to pin down the other militants holed up inside the residential building. Officials further said that all the families have been evacuated and there is no hostage situation.
A group of heavily armed militants , believed to be from the ‘Afzal Guru squad’ of JeM, today attacked the Army camp in Sunjwan, located , on the outskirts of Jammu city, in which at least two junior commissioned officers (JCOs) were killed and six others, including a Major and a daughter of an Army personnel, injured.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that Subedar Madanlal Chowdhary and Subedar Mohammed Ashraf Mir were killed in the attack by a group of militants.
Briefing media persons at the main entrance of the camp, Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said, “In the early hours today after a brief exchange of fire with sentry on the periphery, some terrorists entered the family accommodation complex.
“The quick response teams have cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses (inside the camp),” the officer said.
Army helicopters and drones have been pressed into service to ascertain the exact location of the terrorists, officials said.
While there was no action around the main entrance and vehicles were moving along the Jammu-Lakhanpur bypass in front of the camp, Army personnel in bullet-proof vehicles were engaged in the operation to rescue people from the family quarters in the rear side of the base.
A final assault against the holed-up militants has been launched as the rescue operation is almost over, media reports from the area said.
Contingents of paramilitary CRPF and police personnel have been posted outside the boundary wall and were keeping curious onlookers at bay to avoid civilian casualties. Generators and searchlights were brought to the camp, apparently for a night assault.
A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and security beefed up in and around the city.