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Feb 11, 2018 02:08 PM IST | Source: PTI

4 terrorists killed in attack on Army camp

Two terrorists were killed by the forces after a group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry early yesterday.

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Four terrorists have been killed so far by security forces in an operation to flush out JeM militants from an Army camp here, a senior police official said today.

Two terrorists were killed by the forces after a group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry early yesterday.

"Two more terrorists have been killed, bringing the total number to four," the official said.

Yesterday, two Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed. Three more Army personnel and a civilian were killed, taking the death toll to six, the official added.

The operation to flush out terrorists from the camp entered the second day today.

"The operation is on and the evacuation (of people from the family quarters) is in progress," Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand told PTI.

He said a number of families were still there and the Army's aim was to ensure their safety.

"There was no firing since last night," the officer said.

The latest attack on the camp took place nearly 15 months after the Jammu 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 Army personnel including two officers. Three terrorists were also gunned down.

The terrorists had struck before dawn yesterday and managed to sneak into the camp from the rear side of the base after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry on its 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)," officials said.

While there was no action around the main entrance and vehicles were moving along the Jammu-Lakhanpur bypass in front of the camp, Army personnel in bullet-proof vehicles 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 avoid civilian casualties.

A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and security beefed up in and around the city.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on an Army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged on February 9, 2013.
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