Two terrorists 'neutralised' in Jammu, says Parrikar; 3 injured in attack on army camp
Militants launched an attack on an army camp on Sunday in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.india Updated: Mar 21, 2015 21:57 IST
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said two terrorists who attacked an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district have been "neutralised".
"I think two terrorists have been neutralised," Parrikar said, adding that a search for more militants was still going on. However, army sources in Jammu said that the gunfight was still continuing. The sources also did not confirm that the two terrorists were dead.
Armed militants on Saturday morning attacked the Mesar camp of the 82 armoured regiment in Samba district triggering a gunfight with the security forces.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Parrikar said there were no casualties on the Indian side. However, a pilgrim and two soldiers were injured.
Parrikar said intelligence has improved over time and this year the security forces have killed 26 terrorists so far, with lesser number of casualties on the Indian side. "With such low loss, we inflict pain on the other side," he said.
Saturdays's attack came after guerrillas attacked Rajbagh police station in neighbouring Kathua district of the Jammu region on Friday. Six people - two terrorists, two CRPF troopers, a policeman and a civilian were killed in the attack.
Pappu, son of Mahadev Prasad of Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, was among the injured. He was on his way to the Mata Vaishnoo Devi shrine in Katra town of Reasi district, police said. He was shifted to government medical college hospital in Jammu city after doctors at the Samba district hospital referred him.
"Two army soldiers have also sustained minor injuries in this attack so far," an officer said.
Traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot highway has been suspended and all schools in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu region have been shut. All exams scheduled in these two districts have also been postponed.
The 82 field armoured regiment comes under the 9th Corps headquartered at Yule camp in Dharamshala, Himachel Pradesh.
The camp was also attacked by guerrillas on September 26, 2013 after they attacked the Hiranagar police station in Kathua district that day, killing 12 people.
Saturday's attack comes a day after after guerrillas attacked Rajbagh police station in neighbouring Kathua district of the Jammu region on Friday. Six people - two terrorists, two CRPF troopers, a policeman and a civilian were killed the attack.
Video: Terror attack at an army camp in Samba in Jammu