- 7 soldiers including 2 majors killed in terror attack
- Terrorists breached army base at Nagrota near Jammu
- 30 soldiers tasked to counter terrorists also had to save hostages
Seven soldiers, including the two majors, died as they defended the camp at Jagrota and a group of hostages which included women and two babies.
Details being shared by the army now reveal how the base was protected after the terrorists entered.
The main goal of the Quick Response Teams was to try and pin down the terrorists, who had also split into three groups so that they could not approach the 8 unarmed men, women and children. The terrorists were wearing police uniforms to be able to move easily within the base which houses nearly 1,000 soldiers just about 20 kilometres from Jammu.
The toughest part of the counter-terror operation was in preventing a potential hostage crisis. The terrorists had entered a part of the complex where families of soldiers live and then slipped into different rooms.
That placed at risk at least four unarmed officers, the wives of two officers and two babies. The process of extricating the women and children was extremely dangerous. The women used "household items" to block potential entry points in the living quarters, said the army, before their escape was enabled by cover fire from the two teams. It was after they were evacuated that the men were rescued.
The teams countering the terrorists had to handle the evacuation of soldiers and women, ensure that their retaliatory fire was controlled and did not result in either parts of the building going up in flames or in any collateral damage.
Though this is the boldest attack on security forces since 19 soldiers died in a terror strike at the army camp in Uri in September, sources point out that while terrorists there were able to move around freely, inflicting massive damage, at Nagrota, they were confined quickly.
Below are the photos of the 7 soldiers who died:
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