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Sunjwan Army camp attack: Death toll rises to 6, two more

Press Trust of India  |  Sunjwan (Jammu) 

Security forces killed two more terrorists holed up in the camp here, while the toll in the attack by suspected JeT militants rose to six with the death of three more men and a civilian, a senior said today. The forces had killed two terrorists yesterday after a group of heavily armed men attacked the camp, leaving two personnel, including a (JCO) dead, the police had said. "Two more terrorists have been killed, bringing the total number to four," the senior police said. The top said three more men and a civilian, who was the father of an personnel, were killed, taking the toll to six. The terrorists had struck the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of the and Kashmir Light Infantry early yesterday. The operation was carrying on, an said. "The operation is on and the evacuation (of people from the family quarters) is in progress," Jammu-based PRO Lt Col Devender Anand told He said a number of families were still in the camp and the Army's aim was to ensure their safety. "There has been no firing since last night," the said. The latest attack on the camp took place nearly 15 months after the region was hit by a similar attack. On November 29, 2016, terrorists had stormed the Army's Nagrota camp on the outskirts of the city, killing seven personnel, including two officers. Three terrorists were gunned down in the operation. The terrorists had struck before dawn yesterday and managed to sneak into the camp from the rear end of the base after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry guarding the periphery. "The terrorists entered the family accommodation complex after which quick response teams cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses (inside the camp)," an said. While there was no action around the main entrance and vehicles were moving along the Jammu-Lakhanpur in front of the camp, personnel in bullet-proof vehicles were engaged in the operation to rescue people from the family quarters in the rear side of the base. Contingents of CRPF and police were posted outside the boundary wall and were keeping curious onlookers at bay to prevent civilian casualties. A high alert has been sounded in and security beefed up in and around the city. Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on an or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013, for the 2001 attack on Parliament House.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 13:40 IST