Media reports on Monday morning said at least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed, while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.
This was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week.
On Monday morning, Army and police are said to have conducted searches in the houses in Gulnar park, stadium colony and Janbazpora. Officials said militants managed to attack the camp late night. The firing continued for three hours. However, after 1 am, no firing took place.
The Army, so far, has not confirmed the death of any terrorist. A senior official told the media that the terrorists might have escaped under the cover of darkness. According to officials, the terrorists were believed to have entered the establishment through the adjacent BSF camp, but were not able to breach the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp. The Northern Command of Indian Army said in a tweet that the situation at Baramulla was contained and under control.
The attack comes following intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on September 29.
Barely a fortnight ago, terrorists launched an assault on the Army’s brigade headquarters at Uri, which left 19 soldiers dead. The Indian Army carried out retaliatory surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads early Thursday in PoK and there were apprehensions about possible suicide attacks on defence installations ever since.
Heavily-armed terrorists are said to have attacked two camps belonging to the Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) late last night, leading to a fierce gunbattle with security forces. Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.
The martyred jawan was identified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions were given to the forces. Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF KK Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan.
Intelligence inputs have referred to the possibility of an attack like this on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on September 29.