Militants on Thursday attacked an army camp in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
An army captain and two soldiers were killed in the attack. The army officer killed was identified as Captain Ayush, official sources told PTI. It was earlier incorrectly reported on television that five army personnel had been killed in the attack.
Officials said five other soldiers were also injured in the attack. The injured soldiers were airlifted to Army's 92 base hospital in Srinagar for treatment.
According to a report in the IANS, the assault on the army camp, which is 120 kilometres from Srinagar, was a fidayeen or a suicide attack. "Fidayeen terrorists attacked the Panzgam army camp close to the Line of Control (LoC) (at) around 4.30 am," Defence Ministry Spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told IANS.
Militants, suspected to be of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, stormed the battalion camp which is in-charge of road opening duties on the crucial roads in this area. A hunt is on to ascertain if any militant sneaked into the camp under the cover of darkness.
According to CNN-News18, the terrorists were using three AK-47s, two GPS devices and one mobile phone. A Chinese pistol and a grenade launcher were also found at the site, according to CNN-News18.
The combing operations were later interrupted as locals pelted stones at Indian Army personnel at the site, reported CNN-News18.
Reports also said that Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and top officials from the home ministry will be present at the meeting.
PTI said that separatist leader Asiya Andrabi has also been arrested in the state. This attack comes just days after the central government said it is extending all support for tackling the terror menace and development to the Kashmir government, which should take all steps to counter terror and separatist activities.
"I don't want to make any comments and complicate the situation. Jammu and Kashmir government has to take all the steps to effectively counter all the terrorist and separatist activities and also anti-national activities inspired by our neighbour," Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu had told reporters in New Delhi.
The minister was responding to a query over Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and whether the state government was doing enough to counter terrorism.
Naidu said the Union government is extending all support to the state both for development as well as for tackling the terrorist menace.
Kashmir is in the grip of violence since the April 9 bypoll for the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. The security forces are under intense pressure as they are faced with almost daily protests and stone-pelting.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Apr 27, 2017 09:36 am | Updated Date: Apr 27, 2017 01:47 pm