Baramulla terror attack: Days after India destroyed terrorist launch pads across the LoC, terrorists tried to enter an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla, a bid that was foiled effectively by the BSF. One BSF jawan was martyred in the attack, and another was injured and at least two terrorists were killed. 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. According to latest reports, the injured jawan is now out of danger and is admitted at the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp hospital. The terrorists, who were heavily-armed, attacked two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces.
The Army has sought to assure that the situation is now under control. The terrorist attack began around 10:30 PM last night, and the search operations have now officially ended after six hours. “Four terrorists attacked the Army and BSF camps in Baramulla. We retaliated to the attack,” Vikash Chandra, IG, BSF, Kashmir has said. “The terrorists tried to enter the camp but our forces retaliated and the terrorists fled,” he said, adding that, “the morale of our forces will remain high. We are doing our job. We will do it well.” According to him, terrorists used wire cutters to enter the BSF camp, which were recovered during search operations. Reports suggest that the terrorists tried to enter through a public park near the camp.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has discussed and reviewed the security situation with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Rajnath Singh has spoken to the DG of BSF and has asked him to provide the best medical facilities to the injured jawan. Singh has also offered condolences on the death of the BSF jawan and expressed solidarity with his family. “HM spoke to NSA and DG BSF in the wake of the terror attack in Baramulla and reviewed the situation. MHA is closely monitoring the situation. HM has expressed grief over the martyrdom of BSF jawan. He has asked DG BSF to make all arrangements for the treatment of injured jawan,” the HMO India handle tweeted. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is also slated to chair a meet to review the security measures.
Pakistan has also violated ceasefire in Saujian and Mandi sectors of Poonch. According to Defence PRO, Manish Mehta, “At 11AM, Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch using small arms, automatics and mortars.”
In Punjab, BSF personnel opened fire after spotting suspicious movement along the International Border late last night. A spokesman of the BSF has said that the personnel deployed on the Chakkri Border Out Post (BOP) in Gurdaspur sector saw suspicious movement across the border and fired four shots in the air. However, there was no cross fire from the Pakistani Rangers, he said.
The infiltration bid comes within days of the Indian Army conducting surgical strikes across LoC, an attack that resulted in several terrorist launch pads being were destroyed. While one Indian soldier suffered injuries, there were no casualties. Pakistan on its part has denied any strikes from India. The declaration of crossing the LoC to neutralise terrorists is a first for India and is being seen as a strong step by the government to send a warning to Pakistan.