‘Jammu being close to LoC, IB makes it vulnerable’

‘Jammu being close to LoC, IB makes it vulnerable’
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Special Correspondent
Jammu, Feb 12: The Fidayeen attack at Sunjwan Military Station in Jammu is the second attack on the same camp in the past fourteen years.
On June 28, 2003, two Fidayeen attacked Sunjwan Army installation killing 12 soldiers and injuring seven others. A lieutenant was also killed in the attack. In Saturday’s attack at Sunjwan Army camp, 5 soldiers and a civilian were killed and 11 others sustained injuries. Three attackers were also killed in the attack.
Saturday’s attack on the Military Station took place nearly 15 months after the Jammu region was hit by a similar attack on November 29, 2016. Militants had stormed the army’s Nagrota camp on the outskirts of the city, killing seven soldiers, including two officers. Three militants were also killed in the operation.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Jammu region too has been hit by the militancy and has faced major attacks.”
While recalling the attack at Kalachuk Army camp, he said, on May 14, 2002, militants carried out a major attack and inflicted heavy causalities. Twenty two army men and their family members were killed in the suicide attack. Before storming into the army camp, militants had attacked a bus and killed seven passengers. At least 25 soldiers were seriously injured in the attack which was carried out by three militants wearing combat uniforms.
He said that most Fidayeen attacks which have taken place in Jammu region were carried out by the militants in the wee hours. “Main reason for Jammu being vulnerable to Fidayeen attacks is that it’s close to the Line of Control and international border and its easy for militants to manage entry into Jammu city,” he added.
An official said, “It has been observed that ahead of any attack in Jammu region the ceasefire violations on the international border and LoC increase manifolds. Militants usually take advantage of the situation and enter into Jammu region as the city is just a few kilometers away from the LoC and the borders militants easily manage entry into the city and carryout audacious strikes.”
On 22 July 2003, six soldiers died when a group of three militants attacked the camp of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Tanda, near the border town of Akhnoor. Brigadier V K Govil, in charge of the 16 Corp Headquarters’ Electrical and Mechanical Engineering battalion, was killed in the attack. Northern Command chief, Lieutenant-General Hari Prasad, was also injured in the attack. Major-General TK. Sapru, General Officer-Commanding of the Akhnoor-based 10 Division, a formation with key responsibilities in the event of an India-Pakistan war, had suffered grenade injuries. Major-General D. Khanna and Brigadier Baldev Singh, too, were injured.

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