Nagrota attack: Seven Armymen, including two officers, martyred
The casualty in the Nagrota Army Headquarter attack in Jammu has risen to seven, as two Army officers and five jawans lost their lives.
In two major terror attacks that rocked Jammu region on Tuesday, seven Army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.
In one incident, a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, very close to the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city in the morning, triggering an intense gunbattle that lasted for hours. Seven Army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off.
There was also a hostage crisis after the militants stormed the 166 artillery unit. Almost 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children held captive in a camp in the headquarters. The Army successfully freed all the hostages.
After around eight hours of heavy exchange of fire, security forces managed to kill three terrorists, however, the number of militants who entered the Army premises could not be confirmed.
Manish Mehta, Defence PRO, told reporters in Jammu that bodies of three militants were recovered from the premises and combing operations had not concluded.
Nagrota is not close to the international border, which raises questions that for how long the terrorists could have been inside the Indian territory.
The field regiment camp is located in the garrison town of Nagrota, around 1 km from the headquarter of Indian Army’s 16 Corps in the state — a military formation that acts as a nerve centre to fight militancy and defend the borders in Jammu region.
In the wake of the terror attack on 166 Artillery unit, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for traffic in the area and was reopened on Tuesday evening. The district administration has closed all schools in Nagorta tehsil as a precautionary measure.
The attack came around the same time when an infiltration bid was undergoing near the Chambliyal border outpost in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, some 40 km away from Nagrota. However, any connection between the two attacks has not been confirmed as yet.
A police officer said security forces engaged a group of infiltrators from Pakistan in a shootout near the international border.
Three militants were killed in the heavy exchange of fire during which an ammunition dump caught flames and exploded, critically injuring at least six border policemen, including an officer of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank, BS Kasana. The six, including Special Operation Group Inspector Sarabjit Singh, were taken to a hospital here, a police officer said, adding their condition was serious.
18 magazines, 25 live grenades, three IED waist belts, five chain IEDs (used to blow up railway tracks) and a wireless set were recovered from the slain terrorists.
The area is being sanitised.
This is the seventh terror attack in the last seven days.
The two terror incidents in Jammu came on a day Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took over as Chief of Pakistan Army from Gen Raheel Shareef.