At least six militants attacked an army 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.
As it happened | Attack on army camp in Kashmir’s Baramulla district
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 and repeated exchanges of fire ensued.
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
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.
“Militants fired at the RR camp in Janbazpora area of Baramulla town late tonight... at the outpost of the camp that is manned by the BSF (Border Security Force) troopers. A gunfight started after the militants’ firing was retaliated,” a senior police officer told IANS over the phone from Baramulla town.
During the firing, two BSF jawans were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, officials told PTI. One of them succumbed to his injuries on the operation table.
Personnel of the border guarding force, BSF, which is under the operational command of the army in the area, stay in the camp along with soldiers.
Baramulla Incident situation contained and under control @adgpi— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) October 2, 2016
Combing and search operations were carried out after the firing stopped, inspector general of police (Kashmir range) Javeed Mujtaba Gilani said.
There were reports that two militants were also killed in the gunfight, but Hindustan Times could not independently verify the same.
In a separate incident, the Pakistan Army opened fire on Indian posts in the Akhnoor sector.
Pakistan is often accused of firing at Indian posts to give cover to infiltrators.
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