5 soldiers killed in Jaish attack on Army camp

Army Chief Arrives in Jammu to Review Ops

Nine others – five of them women and children including the daughter of the slain JCO who had come to visit her father during school holidays – were injured. Two were in a critical condition. “As part of the ongoing operations in Sunjuwan, the army has killed two heavily armed terrorists. The terrorists wearing army combat dress were carrying AK-56 assault rifles, large amount of ammunition and hand grenades. Search of their belongings confirms the terrorists to be from Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). Operations are in progress with extreme caution and restraint to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women and children in the houses,” a Defence statement said. Most of over 150 houses in the complex have been cleared and occupants moved to safety, it said. “Operations will continue till all the terrorists are apprehended or killed”. Besides recovering arms and ammunition from the slain terrorists, JeM flags have also recovered from them. Defence sources said that soldiers at the Sunjuwan Military Station close to Jammu city noticed suspicious movement near the camp around 4.45 a.m. Suspecting they could be militants, the soldiers challenged them. But the gunmen hurled grenades and opened fire from automatic weapons, the sources said. The militants then entered the JCO family quarters in the vicinity and holed themselves up in one of the houses. “The attack has now been contained. Most of the families have been evacuated from the junior commissioned officers quarters where the terrorists had entered. Before the final assault on the terrorists, we are making sure that no civilians are harmed in this operation,” the statement said. (IANS)]]>

J&K militants kill two cops, free Pak terrorist

In an audacious attack, militants attired in pherans helped a Pakistani LeT terrorist escape by firing at the police party escorting him to hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday, leaving two policemen dead. Authorities have sounded a high alert in the city.

According to police, two militants wearing pherans (Kashmiri overgear) carried out the attack to help Pakistani terrorist, Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah, escape when he was being taken to the S.M.H.S hospital for a medical check up from Srinagar central jail in the morning. Hunzullah escaped when the waiting militants fired at the police party outside the hospital. One policeman was killed, while another was injured, and died later in hospital. “Naveed, a resident of Multan in Pakistan, had joined the LeT in 2011 and was active in the Valley for four years before he was arrested in Kulgam district last year. He was a close associate of Abu Qasim, the LeT commander, who was killed in 2015 by the security forces in Kulgam district,” police said. Police refuted media reports that the escaped militant had snatched the rifle of a policeman before escape. The area around the hospital was sealed. Vehicles moving in the city were being searched to trace the escaped LeT terrorist. All exit points from Srinagar city were also sealed as vehicles going to urban and rural areas were being checked to trace the LeT terrorist. Head Constable Mushtaq Ahmad was killed in the attack, while Constable Babar Ahmad, who was injured, died later. (IANS)]]>