Terrorists have attacked the 46 Rashtriya Rifles army camp in Baramulla of North Kashmir which has resulted in injury of five soldiers, including two BSF jawans. Early reports suggested that two militants have been killed. The camp is located in Janbazpora on the outskirts of Baramulla city, 54 km from capital Srinagar.
At around 10:30 pm, it has been reported that locals heard heavy firing in Baramulla town which is 55 km north of Srinagar. Reports stated that the terrorists tried to enter the camp through a public park adjoining to the camp but were spotted after which they opened fire as alarm was raised.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.”
Earlier, Pakistan opened fire on Indian posts in the Akhnoor sector. The firing was unprovoked and seemed to be in retaliation to the surgical strike by India to salvage some pride by Pakistan. However, Pakistan failed miserably.
The incident is in violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan along the international border and the Line of Control — the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two neighbours.
The latest terrorist attack comes at a time when India and Pakistan are embroiled in a war of words as tensions rise and the possibility of a war breaking out escalates between neighbors who have been historically hostile towards each other. The Uri terror attack was followed by the surgical strikes on terror camps on Pakistan soil by Indian army and diplomatic isolation of Pakistan. A cornered Pakistan had vowed to take revenge of the precision strikes on terror launchpads which it refuses to admit existed on its territory exposing Pak lies.
It needs to be seen how India will respond to this act of terror. Whether India will conduct another round of surgical strikes remains to be seen. Defense minister Manohar Parikkar did not rule out the possibility of conducting more surgical strikes if India’s faced another Uri-like situation.