Army officers, 2 militants killed in Jammu Fidayeen attack

Jammu and Kashmir: Militants attack family quarters of Army camp in Sunjwan, two injured

Heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists today struck at an Army camp in Sunjwan, Jammu, killing two personnel and injuring nine others.

"Two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) have been killed and six others injured in Jammu militant attack", a senior minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told lawmakers inside the state's parliament. The attack took place early in the morning, the attackers were a group of Jaish-e- Mohammed terrorists.

"The operations will continue till all terrorists are apprehended or killed", the Army said about the counter-offensive that has continued for over 24 hours.

Soon after the attack, reinforcements of the army's special forces and special operations group (SOG) rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area amid a fierce gunfight, the security official said.

The area of the army camp is now cordoned off by the authorities.

Rao had asked the former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister to remove Akbar Lone from his party instead of backing the MLA's "pro-Pak rants".

Two army personnel also lost their lives in the attack and four others were injured, including the daughter of a jawan, who was killed. Schools in the entire area around the camp have been closed by authorities as a precautionary measure.

Army is combing the houses inside the Sunjuwan Military Station located along the National Highway 44 near Jammu city.

Most of the unarmed soldiers and their family members were rescued by the Army after cornering the attackers. "The army needs to out more resources in guarding its installations", said Chaudhary, a retired IPS officer. The operation is progressing with extreme caution to avoid casualties in the dark.

The fidayeen entered the camp from its rear side and started firing indiscriminately.

Investigators had found a message, written in Urdu, on piece of paper on the body of one of the four terrorists who was killed at Pathankot airbase in 2016.

Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid said that the anniversaries of the hanging of Afzal Guru and one of the founders of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Maqbool Butt (February 11), are days when there has always been high alert.

In December previous year, a similar attack on highly fortified paramilitary camp in the region ended with killing of five Central Reserve Police Force personnel and three militants.

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