Most of the 150 houses in the complex have been cleared and occupants moved to safety
Sunjuwan, Jammu: Heavily-armed terrorists wearing combat uniforms attacked an army base in the heart of Jammu early on Saturday morning. The terrorists had managed to enter the family quarters in Sunjuwan Army Camp, kill two soldiers and injure nine others, including women and children. It is not clear how many terrorists carried out the attack but three of them, belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, have been killed. "The operations will continue till all terrorists are apprehended or killed," the Army said about the counter-offensive that has continued for over 24 hours.
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The terrorists killed a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a Non Commissioned Officer (NCO). Five women and children were among the nine injured; two of them are critical. The injured include the daughter of a junior Army officer who had come to visit her father during school holidays.
Most of the 150 houses in the complex have been cleared and the occupants moved to safety. "Operations are in progress with extreme caution and restraint to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women and children in the houses," the Army statement said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to the Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid who briefed him about the situation. The Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation, Mr Singh's office later tweeted.
The sentry post at the army camp had noticed some suspicious movement around 4.55 am. When the sentry bunker was fired upon, the soldiers retaliated. After a brief exchange of fire, the terrorists entered the complex, an Army statement said.
The terrorists reportedly used the rear end to enter the camp. It is believed to be a fidayeen (suicide) attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, police said. "It's not clear how they managed to do that," a senior police officer said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her anguish over the terror attack. "Deeply disturbed by the terrorist attack in #Sunjwan today. My heart goes out to the injured and their families," she wrote on Twitter.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack and tweeted, "News from Jammu & the encounter in #Sunjwan is extremely disturbing. Hoping for an end to the encounter without any loss of life among the security forces & their families."
There was information about possible attacks in the state, and security forces were on high alert. The focus was on the Valley, particularly south Kashmir, but they chose Jammu, police said.
Suicide attackers had targeted the same army station in 2003. Twelve soldiers had lost their lives and seven others were injured.
This is the second such suicide attack by Jaish terrorists this year. Five security personnel were killed when a group of Jaish terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Pulwama on January 1.