A group of heavily-armed militants stormed an army camp in Jammu early on Saturday and entered the family quarters, spraying automatic gunfire at the sleeping inhabitants and also lobbed bombs, leading to a gun fight in which two persons were killed and six others, including the daughter of an officer, were injured.
"The attack has been contained and the operation is still in progress," an officer said.
The sources said that soldiers at the Sunjuwan Military Station close to Jammu city noticed suspicious movement near the camp around 4.45 a.m.
Suspecting they could be militants, the soldiers challenged them. But the gunmen hurled grenades and opened fire from automatic weapons, the sources said.
The militants then entered the junior commissioned officers (JCO) family quarters in the vicinity and holed themselves up in one of the houses.
"The attack has now been contained. Most of the families have been evacuated from the junior commissioned officers (JCO) quarters where the terrorists had entered. Before the final assault on the terrorists we are making sure that no civilians are harmed in this operation," a statement said.
Sources said room-to-room intervention was going on to pin down the militants inside the Junior Commissioned Officers' residential building.
There were intelligence inputs that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were planning to carry out an attack around the 5th death anniversary of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013 in Tihar Jail, the sources said.
Air Force has been providing aerial surveillance to the security forces during the operation against the militants who have been surrounded inside one of the buildings.
P. Vaid told reporters in Delhi that security forces were doing their duties and there was no doubt that the operation would be taken to its logical conclusion.
All educational institutions within half a kilometre radius of the camp have been shut down for the day.
The attack on family quarters of military personnel was a stark reminder of a similar attack in 2002 when a group of militants in army fatigues killed 30 people and wounded nearly 50 in Kaluchak near Jammu.
In 2006, a suicide attack carried out at the Sunjuwan camp saw the death of 12 soldiers before two fidayeen militants were killed.
NC working president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack saying, "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."
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