Two holed up LeT militants, involved in a failed terror bid on a CRPF camp here, were killed on Tuesday in a nearly 30-hour-long gunfight, police said.
“While one was gunned down as he came out of the under construction building to get into another adjacent building, the other was trapped and killed inside the building that they took refuge in on Monday,” a police officer said.
The exact identity of the militants was still being established, the police said, adding that a search operation in the area was going on.
The militants had taken shelter inside the Karan Nagar area building a day ago after an alert sentry at the observation post of the 23rd battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) spotted them and fired, averting a possible terror attack on the camp.
Carrying backpacks and AK-47 rifles the militants were forced to withdraw and later trapped inside the building from where they had been engaged in the gun battle with the security forces.
A CRPF trooper was killed during the gunfight on Monday while a constable of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was injured.
The attempted terror bid on the CRPF camp came close on the heels of the Sunjuwan military camp attack, in which seven persons, including six soldiers and a civilian, were killed.
With the recovery of another soldier’s body during searches inside the Sunjuwan army camp, the death toll in the terror attack in Jammu has risen to seven, army said.
The body of the sixth soldier was recovered on Monday evening during the searches, the army said on Tuesday.
With this, the death toll in the terror attack on the army camp that started on Saturday has risen to seven, including six soldiers and a civilian.
Ten others, including six women and children were injured.
A group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists entered the Sunjuwan army camp on February 10 after hurling grenades and using automatic gunfire.
Three terrorists, all of them Pakistan nationals who managed to enter the Junior Commissioned Officer’s residential quarters, were killed in the anti-terror operation by the security forces.
Scores of local residents turned out on Tuesday to attend the funerals of junior commissioned officer Muhammad Ashraf Mir and other three soldiers killed in the terror attack on the Sunjawan army camp in Jammu.
As soldiers reversed arms to present the last salute to Mir in Maidanpora village in Kupwara district, scores of wailing and weeping locals carried his body in a procession to the burial ground.
Men, women and children from Maidanpora and adjacent villages turned out to attend the funeral of the native who laid down his life in service of the country.
Large number of locals also attended funerals of the other three soldiers belonging to Shopian, Anantnag and Pulwama districts, for once, wiping the fault lines seen in the past between funerals of local militants and local security personnel.
A fresh terror attack was averted by alert guards at the entrance of an army camp in Jammu on Tuesday.
Two motorcycle borne militants approached the entry point of the army camp in Domana area around 4.30 a.m. They fired towards the sentry post. As the guards retaliated the terrorists were forced to flee, informed sources in the police said.
“A search operation is now underway to trace the militants,” they said.
The attack comes close on the heels of another audacious attack at the Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu on Saturday in which a group of three heavily armed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists entered the camp killing five soldiers and a civilian.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling PDP-BJP for their “opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy”, in the wake of divergent statements by state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman regarding Pakistan following the Jammu attack.
Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “dithering” while Indian soldiers were killed in terror attacks in the state.
“PDP says ‘talks’ with Pakistan. BJP Defence Minister says ‘Pakistan will pay the price’,” said Gandhi on Twitter.
“While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP/PDP’s opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy; Modi Ji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) dithers,” he added.
On Monday, Mehbooba Mufti had called for India-Pakistan talks, adding that though she will be dubbed “anti-national” by TV channels for making the appeal a dialogue was necessary if they wanted to end bloodshed in the state.
Defence Minister Sitharaman on Monday warned Pakistan that it will pay a price for the terror attack on an army camp in Jammu that left five soldiers and a civilian dead in a two-day gunfight.
A day after India’s Defence Minister warned that Pakistan would have to “pay” for a terror strike on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Tuesday that Islamabad will pay New Delhi in “its own coin in case of any Indian misadventure”.
He vowed to “defend robustly” every inch of Pakistan’s soil, and said: “Any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode, or location will not go unpunished and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response.”
Dastgir said India has failed to deliver justice for the 42 Pakistanis who were murdered in the Samjhota Express 11 years ago.
He also said Pakistan’s armed forces are “alive to all possibilities, and prepared fully to defend our country’s territorial integrity”.
“An aggressive Pakistan centric doctrine and arrayed forces under a belligerent regime leading to a possible strategic miscalculation by India will seriously impact the strategic stability in South Asia,” he warned.
His statement was in response to Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday saying that militants who killed five soldiers and a civilian at an Army camp in Jammu were Pakistanis and had warned that Islamabad will pay a price for the terror attack.
“Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” Sitharaman told reporters in Jammu. The deaths of “our soldiers won’t go in vain”.