Jammu attack Highlights: Two soldiers killed, Army tanks deployed at Sunjuwan camp
At least Two soldiers were killed in an attack on an army camp in Jammu early on Saturday morning. Officials said it seemed two or three militants, who entered from the rear side of Sunjuwan army camp where family quarters are located, were holed up.
Nine others, including five women and two children have been injured in the attack, defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.
10.22pm: Congress appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “personally supervise” the operation. Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said it was a matter of deep concern that 14 major terror attacks have taken place on the Army in Jammu and Kashmir since 2014, after the NDA government came to power.
9.55pm: The two slain armymen identified: Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, 49, and Habibullah Quereshi, 42.
9.45pm: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti arrives at Military Hospital in Jammu.
9.30pm: Abhimanyu battle tanks deployed inside the military station in Sunjuwan area, according to sources.
9.20pm: Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Jammu to take stock of the situation.
9.15pm: One more terrorist killed, according to intelligence sources.
8.05pm: We have forever embraced peace and have never been aggressors but anybody who has tried to breach our boundaries has been met with the might of India: Smriti Irani in Mumbai.
8pm: You can change your friends, but you can never change your neighbours. We as a country are a tolerant nation, cognizant of the fact that we live in a delicate environment. We are today confident enough to have a surgical strike & the world speak about our powers, says information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani.
7.35pm: Two terrorists and two soldiers (a junior commissioned officer and a non-commissioned officer) killed and nine others injured, including five women and two children, says defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand.
7.28pm: As part of the ongoing operation in Sunjuwan, the Army has killed two heavily armed terrorists. The terrorists were wearing combat uniforms carrying AK 56 assault rifle, large amount of ammunition & hand grenades: Defence PRO
6.20pm: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti chairs a high-level security meeting in Jammu following the attack on the army camp. The meeting was attended by J&K director general of police SP Vaid and personnel from other security agencies.
6pm: Army sends diesel generator sets and floodlights to light up the area where the Jaish militants are holed up.
5.50pm: 1 terrorist killed, one army jawan injured. One AK-47 and other weapons recovered: ANI.
4.33pm: No hostage crisis in Sunjuwan Army camp, 19 of 16 flats have been evacuated. Operation continues, reports news agency ANI.
3.45pm: The six who are injured:
Col Rohit Solanki, 6 Mahar Regiment CO
Major Abhijeet (airlifted to Chandigarh)
Lance Naik Bahadur Singh
Two unidentified soldiers
A young girl, probably daughter of JCO Madan Lal Choudhary
2.40pm: Protests rocked the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Saturday, with members raising anti-Pakistan slogans after the terror attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp in which one JCO was killed. As soon as the House assembled, legislators cutting across party lines condemned the terror attack and demanded a statement from the PDP-BJP government.
2.20pm: Statement by defence PRO Lt Col Devender Anand
1.30pm: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah tweeted: “No day passes by without such incidents & terrorists are all coming from Pakistan. If Pak wants good relations w/India they need to stop terrorism or it will have bad consequences. Sadly, I have to say if it continues India won’t stop itself from waging war.”
1.18pm: Union home minister Rajnath Singh told reporters: “Since the operation is still underway, it won’t be right for me to make any comments. Our army and security officials are doing their duty. They will never let us down.”
1:10pm: Those injured included a Colonel rank Army officer, Havaldar Abdul Hamid, Lance Naik Bahadur Singh and daughter of Subedar Chowdhary.
12.55pm: ‘A suspicious move was noticed in the early hours of Saturday. When challenged, it was replied back. A fire exchange broke out and terrorists entered the family quarters. The attack is now under control and operations are underway. Six persons have been injured till now,’ the army public relations officer in Jammu said.
12.30pm: Parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that Subedar Maganlal and Subedar Mohammed Ashraf were killed in the attack by a group of militants.
12.10pm: A colonel rank officer among those injured in Jammu terror attack: J-K Parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri.
11.40am: 2 JCOs killed and six injured in Jammu terror attack: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri informed J-K Assembly.
11.30am: Deeply disturbed by the terrorist attack in Sunjuwan today. My heart goes out to the injured & their families, tweets J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
11.15am: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has sprung into action, para commandoes were airlifted from Udhampur to Jammu this morning, IAF sources said. Another aircraft is airborne to airlift para commandos from Sarsawa.
10.45am: Unconfirmed reports said that one Army personnel has died in the gunfight.
10am: 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.
9.45am: Fresh gunshots were heard inside the Sunjuwan Army camp during search and combing operation by the security forces on Saturday, just hours after terrorists attacked.
9.30am: Home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to J-K DGP over Sunjuwan Army Camp attack and has directed MHA officials to look into the matter, reports ANI news agency.
9.25am: Authorities ordered closure of schools in Sunjuwan belt of Jammu city in the wake of the terror attack on an Army camp.
9am: Intelligence inputs had warned 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.
8.30am: “Around 4:55am, suspicious movement was noticed by the santri. Santri bunker was fired upon and they retaliated. Number of terrorists isn’t known, they’ve been cornered in one of the family quarters,” Jammu inspector general of police SD Singh Jamwal said.