Four days after India conducted surgical strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC), at least two terrorists and a soldier were killed when terrorists mounted a suicide attack on an army camp outside Baramulla town on Sunday night.
The heavily-armed terrorists attacked a Rashtriya Rifles army camp, which also houses a unit of the Border Security Force (BSF), late last night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with security forces. The attack comes even as intelligence inputs over the last four days have alerted about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in Pakistan on September 29.
Here is how terrorists assault on BSF, army camps unfolded
- On Sunday evening, four to six heavily-armed terrorists reportedly crossed over the Jhelum river and targeted the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp, lobbing grenades and firing at jawans with their AK-47s.
- The terrorists gained entry into the 46 battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles camp through an adjoining BSF camp. The skies in Baramulla, 54km from here, saw illuminators being fired by the Army to locate the terrorists.
- One BSF jawan was killed while another injured in this suicide attack on a BSF and adjoining army camps in Baramulla.
- In past 27 years of the insurgency in Kashmir, despite being so close to the once hub of militancy in early nineties, the militants had never been able to strike this camp. It also houses a cricket stadium in a locality called Stadium colony.
- Throughout the night, the army illuminated the entire area to give less chance to militants to enter the camp and also to see that they don't run away.
- On Monday morning, army and police conducted searches in the houses in Gulnar park, stadium colony and Janbazpora.
- Union home minister Rajnath Singh took stock of the situation with national security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in the wake of attack.
- Sunday night's strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at Army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from here killing 19 soldiers.
Terrorists may have fled
According to intelligence reports, one injured terrorist may have jumped into the Jhelum and others may have escaped. Security forces are now trying to track the possible route taken by the terrorists. A massive search operation is being carried out on and near the Jhelum river.
Rajnath to visit today
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visit Jammu and Kashmir today. He is likely to visit Leh and Ladakh as part of the government's outreach to Kashmiris, keeping in mind the months of unrest in the valley.
Rajnath will also review security along the border considering this is his first visit since Indian forces conducted the surgical strike.
Pakistan dialled India
Pakistan NSA Lt Gen Janjua had called his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Sunday evening. Doval's counterpart in Pakistan had said that there should be an effort to defuse tension. Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign affairs to the Pakistan Prime Minister, confirmed that Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua spoke about the fraught state of India-Pakistan relations in recent weeks.
"Both officials stressed on the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control," said Sartaj Aziz, according to The News International, which reported that Doval and Janjua spoke today.
After a three-hour gunbattle in Baramulla, two terrorists were killed while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs said.
The martyred jawan has been identified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF.