Kupwara: Three Armymen, including a captain, have died in a suicide attack by terrorists early today at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara. Seven soldiers were injured in the attack. By the afternoon, locals gathered and held protests, throwing stones at security personnel as they demanded the bodies of the terrorists. To control the crowds, the army opened fire in which a 70-year-old civilian man has died.
- Officer among soldiers killed in attack at dawn
- Two terrorists were also shot dead
- Terrorists tried to force their way into camp in apparent suicide attack
Captain Ayush Yadav, 25, Junior Commissioned Officer Bhoop Singh Gujjar Dusaa, 46, and Naik Venkat Raman, 38, of the artillery were killed while fighting the terrorists, who sneaked into the camp 4.30 this morning. Two of the terrorists were shot dead in a four-hour gun battle. The Army believes a third terrorist, suspected to be injured, is on the run and a manhunt is on in the area. Three AK-47 rifles were recovered from the terrorists shot down.
Sources in the Defence Ministry said the terrorists breached a double fence surrounding the camp, which is about 10 km away from the Line of Control and around 20 km from Kupwara city. They entered through the rear of the camp, where a firing range is located, and entered the premises.
A quick reaction team was rushed to the spot and it managed to contain the attack and kill the two terrorists, who wore black Pathan pathan suits with combat jackets.
Nine magazines, hand grenades, a matrix sheet and a smart phone were also recovered. No backpack was however found near the terrorists, which, sources said, could mean that they had detailed knowledge about the layout of the camp and knew exactly how they would get in.
Last year in September, Pakistani terrorists had attacked an army camp in Uri. 19 soldiers died, the highest casualty suffered by the army in years. Relations between India and Pakistan have been deeply strained since the Uri terror strike.
In January last year, a group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists had struck at an Air Force base in Pathankot. Six security personnel were killed. On November 29, terrorists entered the premises of the 16 Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city, killing seven soldiers.
Today's attack comes two days after infiltration by terrorists from Pakistan was discussed at a meeting of the Unified Command, which has as members top officers of different security agencies in the valley and is headed by the Chief Minister.