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Highlights: Govt says Jaish terrorists attacked Sunjuwan; 3 terrorists, 1 CRPF jawan killed in Srinagar

The latest gunfight in the border state came on the day the army was paying tributes to five of its men who were among the six killed in an attack on its facility in Jammu’s Sunjuwan. Here are the live updates.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
JeM,Sunjuwan army camp attack,Live updates
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the injured victims of the militant attack at Sunjuwan army camp, in the military hospital in Jammu on Monday. (PTI)

Three terrorists were killed after they tried to attack a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp early on Monday morning, with one security personnel dying from bullet injuries received during the gunfight.

The encounter in the Karan Nagar area started after the fleeing terrorists retreated to an under-construction building and were later trapped there by security forces.

The attack comes in the wake of another one at the Sunjuwan army camp, which defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said was carried out by gunmen of the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure,” the Union minister said on Monday evening.

Here are the updates from Monday:

10:22pm: Jammu and Kashmir Police will conduct raids on shops selling Army uniforms and clothes in Rajouri district of the state. The three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists who attacked the Sunjuwan Military camp, killing five army men and a civilian, were dressed in black military fatigues.

7:55pm: Sitharaman met those injured in the Sunjuwan army camp attack at the Military Hospital in Jammu.

7:40pm: Sitharaman concludes the press briefing.

7:37pm: The issue of Major Aditya is sub-judice; will not discuss this in detail with the media. The defence ministry will back the army, Sitharaman says.

7:35pm: We are studying the peripheral areas and will do what is necessary to secure them, says Sitharaman.

7:33pm: “The government stands by the army.”

7:30pm: “Giving the evidences to Pakistan will be a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. Pakistan will pay for this misadventure,” says Sitharaman.

7:27pm: “All evidences collected have been compiled. Definitely they will be given to Pakistan. Even after giving dossiers after dossiers, Pakistan has not taken any action”: Sitharaman says of the Sunjuwan attack.

7:26pm: Terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, sponsored by Masood Azhar residing in Pakistan and deriving support from there in, says Sitharaman according to ANI.

7:25pm: Intelligence inputs show that terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across border.Evidence being scrutinised by NIA. Pakistan expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration, says the Union defence minister.

7:24pm: The counter terrorist operation in Sunjuwan was called off today at 10:30am, however the sanitisation operation is on.

7:22pm: Six fatal casualties, including a civilian were cost by the terrorists. Three terrorists have been eliminated. There were reports of four terrorists. The fourth terrorist must have been a guide and may not have entered the Camp area, says Sitharaman.

7:21pm: Security officials evacuated 189 flats in the area without casualties.

7:21pm: “Terrorists were dressed in battle fatigues,” says Sitharaman.

7:20pm: Gives details of morning’s attack in Karn Nagar.

7:19pm: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds press conference.

6:45pm: A Central security official says an alert CRPF jawan, Ghait Raghunath Ulhas of the 23rd Battalion, challenged the two attackers at 4am when he saw them moving suspiciously. The militants then fled and took shelter in the under-construction building.

Ghait Raghunath Ulhas of the 23rd Battalion is deployed in Karan Nagar, Srinagar. (By special arrangement)

6:20pm: CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police likely to be engaged in overnight operation to neutralise the militants hiding in an under-construction four story building.

5:30pm: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will addressing media at Tiger Division in Jammu at 6:30 pm, says defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Aand.

4:15pm: Lashkar-e-Taiba claims responsibility for attack in statement to local news agencies.

3:50pm: Intermittent gun shots being heard in the area.

3:30pm: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti calls for India-Pakistan talks. “Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed (in the state),” she tweeted.

2:30pm: Encounter still on. According to inspector general of Police, SP Pani, two militants are believed to be holed up in a building adjacent to a CRPF camp.

12:54pm: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman leaves for Jammu to assess security situation.

12:32pm: Inspector general of CRPF Ravideep Sahai says five families have been evacuated after two militants, who sneaked into a building close to CRPF headquarters after they failed to entered the headquarters. Operation is on.

12:10pm: A constable was killed in the gunfight. CRPF identified him as Mujahid Khan, who was attached with the 49 Battalion.

11:50am: Around 4am, a guard noticed two armed men moving towards the camp. “He fired, forcing them to flee from the bylanes,” a CRPF spokesperson said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 12:19 IST