At least two jawans were martyred and six others injured when an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Sunjwan area was attacked by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, officials said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday spoke to Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid after a group of heavily armed militants attacked an army camp in the state. The Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation, an official said. "The Director General of Police has apprised him of the situation," an official Ministry tweet added.
The attack reportedly took place inside Sunjuwan Army camp area at around 4.55 am on Saturday after the terrorists barged into the camp. Gunshots were also heard inside the camp following which the area has been cordoned off by security forces.
According to ANI, there is no hostage crisis in the camp. 19 of the 26 flats have been evacuated, it said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her anguish over the terror attack saying, "Deeply disturbed by the terrorist attack in #Sunjwan today. My heart goes out to the injured and their families."
National Conference working president and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack saying, "News from Jammu & the encounter in #Sunjwan is extremely disturbing. Hoping for an end to the encounter without any loss of life among the security forces & their families."
A group of four-to-five heavily armed militants, who stormed an army camp and later entered the JCO quarters have been surrounded as security forces started room-to-room intervention. "Room-to-room intervention is now going on to pin down the terrorists inside the Junior Commissioned Officers' building that they managed to enter," informed sources in the Army said.
A group of militants hurled grenades and used heavy volume of automatic gunfire to enter the Sunjwan Military Station, police sources said. It is believed to be a fidayeen attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, police sources added.
“Around 4:55 am suspicious movement was noticed by the santri; santri bunker was fired upon & they retaliated. No. of terrorists isn’t known, they’ve been cornered in one of the family quarters. 2 injured, one hawaldar & his daughter. Operation is on,” Jammu IGP SD Singh Jamwal said.
All educational institutions within half a kilometre radius of the camp have been shut down for the day.
Militants had attacked the same Army station in 2006. Twelve soldiers were killed and seven others were injured in that attack before the two fidayeen (suicide) terrorists were killed.