At least six militants attacked a paramilitary camp in north Kashmir on Sunday night, killing one jawan and wounding another, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan.
The attack on the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Janbazpora on the outskirts of Baramulla city, 54 km from capital Srinagar, started at around 10:30 pm
The attack began when the assailants tried to enter through a public park near the camp, but were stopped. They then took positions on the banks of the Jhelum river, the Baramulla police control room said.
•Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi condemns Baramulla attack, says “terror and hatred can never succeed against the courage and resolve of our bravehearts”
My thoughts&prayers are with our soldiers as they defend and protect our country. Salute to the martyr who laid down his life— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 3, 2016
•Police sources say operation over, no militant bodies recovered but search ops are still on. Sources fear militants may have managed to escape
- Sartaj Aziz says Pak NSA Nasir Janjua and Indian NSA Ajit Doval agreed to reduce tensions on LoC, ANI quotes Pak media
- Rajnath Singh discusses and reviews security situation with NSA Ajit Doval
- Home minister Rajnath Singh speaks to DG BSF, asks him to provide best medical facilities to the injured jawan, reports news agency ANI
- A senior police officer says one BSF jawan killed in the attack. Militants haven’t been able to breach the camp.
- Northern Command says the situation is contained and under control.
- A source says there are reports from the site of the attack about militant casualties. However, there is no official confirmation.
- Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) Javeed Mujtaba Gilani confirms two BSF soldiers have been injured. Says firing has stopped. Combing and search operations are on.
- Two BSF jawans injured in exchange of fire with terrorists, says ANI.
- Police officer Syed Javeid Mujataba Gillani says it was not immediately known whether the militants tried to enter the camp
- “Heavy exchange of fire and grenades is going on,” an officer says.
- Reports said two soldiers were injured in the ongoing assault, and that about four-five militants were holed up.
Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 2, 2016
In a separate incident, Pakistan opened fire on Indian posts in the Akhnoor sector.
The firing violates the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan along the international border and the Line of Control — the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two neighbours.
The border skirmish comes at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, in which heavily armed militants, believed to be of Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, stormed an army base in Kashmir, killing 19 soldiers.
Relations between the two countries have been fraught with tension since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control in response to the Uri terror attack.
With inputs from agencies