Two army personnel were killed and one injured when a group of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked the Sunjwan Army camp in Jammu city in the early hours on Saturday. One civilian – a daughter of an army personnel – too was injured, officials said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and took stock of the situation arising out of the terror attack on an Army camp in Jammu.
During the telephonic conversation, the home minister sought details from Director General of Police SP Vaid. “The DGP has apprised him of the situation.The MHA is closely monitoring the situation,” he tweeted.
Earlier in the morning, the terrorists entered from the rear side of Sunjwan Army camp where family quarters are located. The militants, who are believed to be around three, have been isolated, the authorities said even as red alert has been sounded in Jammu.
IGP SD Singh Jamwal told reporters here that “around 4:55 am suspicious movement was noticed by the sentry and his bunker was fired upon. The fire was retaliated. The number of militants isn’t known. They’ve been cornered in one of the family quarters.”
Security forces and police have cordoned off the area around the Sunjwan Army camp. The camp falls under the first Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 36 brigade.
Soon after the attack, reinforcements of the Army’s special forces and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid a fierce gunfight, security official said. Schools in the entire area around the camp have been closed by authorities as a precautionary measure.
Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on the Army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged on February 9, 2013.
(With inputs from PTI)