Baramulla attack: Days after India’s surgical strikes across the LoC, the BSF successfully foiled terrorists’ entry bid in Indian Army and BSF camps on Sunday night. Last night’s attack took place exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at the army brigade headquarters at Uri, killing 19 soldiers. The terrorists, two of which have been neutralized, launched a ‘Fidayeen’ (suicide) attack in Baramulla on the camps in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla. One BSF jawan has been martyred in the attack and another has been injured. The gunfire started around 10:30 PM last night, and the situation is now under control, while search operations have reportedly ended. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar chaired a high-level meet with the Defence forces chiefs Dalbir Singh Suhag, Arup Raha and Sunil Lanba, who submitted their report on the attack. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also spoken to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to review the security situation. Singh said that security forces are giving a “befitting reply” to such attempts by Pakistan-based terrorist groups.
Meanwhile, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif also chaired an all-party meeting in Islamabad, where he is reported to have said that “Pakistan stands united against Indian aggression”. The attack by terrorists comes within days of India’s surgical strikes across LoC, in which the Indian Army had destroyed several terrorist launch pads. The attack by the Army is said to have caused heavy terrorist casualties across the LoC, including two soldiers of the Pakistani Army. Security forces have been on high alert after the strikes, which are widely seen as a retaliation to the Uri attack, in which 20 Indian soldiers had been martyred. Pakistan on its part has denied any surgical strikes by India. Interestingly, and in a blow to Pakistan, its former President Pervez Musharraf has admitted that the country has been isolated globally due to ‘wrong policies’ and its relations with US have also deteriorated.
05.54 pm: 3 civilians injured after Pakistan Army violated ceasefire at Shahpur sector along LoC in Poonch J&K.
05.49 pm: Talking about the situation in Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Wahaan ke haalat me sudhar ho raha hai (There is an improvement in the situation there)”
05.38 pm: According to India Today, two suspected terrorists have been identified in relation to Baramulla attack. Haneef and Ali are reportedly members of JeM and Pakistani citizens.
05.13 pm: Talking about martyr Nitin, Arun Kumar, BSF ADG Western Command said, “Excellent job by sacrificing his life to stop terrorists from entering campus of 46 RR bn.”
04.57 pm: Wreath-laying ceremony of BSF jawan Nitin who lost his life during the gunfight in Baramulla.
04.23 pm: Congress leader Anand Sharma says, “INC and the people of India stand together with the Indian Armed Forces in their fight against terrorism. If the Terror Syndicate is not dismantled in Pakistan, peace in South Asia will be very difficult to achieve. ”
04.16 pm: Congress spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala tweets, “Salute our brave soldiers in Baramulla for decisively repulsing the cowardly terrorist attack. Our prayers with family of martyred soldiers.”
03.56 pm: Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal tweets, “We strongly condemn the cowardly Baramula Attack. My prayers & thoughts are with the family of the Martyr. Salute to the brave souls.”
We strongly condemn the cowardly #BaramulaAttack. My prayers & thoughts are with the family of the Martyr. Salute to the brave soul.
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) October 3, 2016
03.51 pm: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has spelt out what appears to be yet unclear to PM Nawaz Sharif – that Pakistan has become globally isolated! In a telephonic interview to a Pakistani channel, Musharraf admitted that Pakistan has suffered a setback in its ties with the United States and that India is ‘maneuvering’ global opinion with its diplomatic skills. Read the full text here
03.36 pm: In the wake of the militant strike on camps of the Army and the BSF in north Kashmir’s Baramulla last night, the Goa unit of BJP today said it has cancelled a felicitation ceremony of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar which was scheduled for tomorrow.
03.30 pm: While, Pakistan claims that surgical strikes were a ‘farce’, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday shared a video criticising Pakistan’s ‘dirty’ propagnada and extending his support to PM Modi.
3.25 pm: Determined enemy wants to worsen the situation, but we are even more determined to stop them in their attempts: IG BSF(Kashmir)Vikas Chandra.
3.15 pm: Entire nation stand by our Armed forces who are fighting terrorists to ensure we sleep safely. Salutation to the brave hearts of Baramula Attack: Satish Upadhyay
2.56 pm: Family mourns the death of BSF jawan Nitin who lost his life last night during the Baramulla attack in J&K.
2.43 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed faith in the power of the Army and said ‘We shouldn’t get so anxious on matters related to border; whole nation is united; Army has enough power to handle it.’ He further added that in matters related to terrorism, contradictory political views won’t help.
‘We’re with Centre, necessary steps are being taken.’ Nitish said.
2.33 pm: We may disagree with PM on various issues but I salute him for the will power he showed on this issue, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
2.25 pm: Pervez Musharraf confesses to Pak media, says ‘Pakistan has become weak and isolated globally.’
2.19 pm: Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Saujian and Mandi sectors of Poonch in J&K continue. Indian troops retaliate.
1.56 pm: Actor Anupam Kher tweets reaction on the Baramulla terror attack.
Terrorists attack our army camps in #Baramulla. Would like to know from few people in India, Which country are these terrorists coming from?
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) October 3, 2016
1.40 pm: Martyred BSF jawan Nitin was from Etawah in UP and was 24 years old.
1.15 pm: Former RAW Chief Vikram Sood says ‘Whether talks should happen or not is a different matter, first of all Pakistan should change its attitude’, referring to the constant firings that took place since Sunday night and Uri attacks.
1.12 pm: Actor Nana Patekar reacts on the attacks. Says ‘Our jawans are real heroes, don’t pay heed to what we say, we are nothing in front of our jawans.’
1.05 pm: Today at 11am Pak army carried out unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch using small arms, automatics and mortars, said Manish Mehta, Defence PRO.
12.39 am: 3 Service chiefs- Dalbir Suhag, Arup Raha and Sunil Lanba submit report to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the Baramulla attack, reports Times Now.
12.38 am: NSA Ajit Doval leaves after meeting PM Narendra Modi at his residence 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
12.21 pm: Heavy mortar shelling from Pakistani side in Poonch sector continue.
12.15 pm: Nawaz Sharif retorts against India. Says ‘Pakistan stands united against Indian aggression’.
12.01 pm: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif chairs all party meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan.
11.58 am: ‘Humare sena ke jawan muh tod jawab de rahe hain,vo badhai ke paatr hain’ (Our soldiers are giving a befitting reply to them. They deserve appreciation.), says Home Minister Rajnath Singh at arrival in Leh.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 3, 2016
11.55 am: NSA Ajit Doval briefs Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Baramulla attack.
11.08 am: MoS Kiren Rijiju said ‘This is very unfortunate, but our forces are capable of dealing with any situation.’
11.04 am: Terrorists managed to escape as it was dark. They used civilians as shield as it was a civilian area, we could not retaliate properly and they fled, said Imtiaz Hussain, SSP. He added that there was fire fight that went on for some time and terrorists were not able to sneak in the camp.
He added that there was fire fight that went on for some time and terrorists were not able to sneak in the camp and fled.
Wirecutters, ammunition and GPS device found by BSF during search operation.
11.02 am: Rahul Gandhi tweets condemning the Baramulla attack.
Strongly condemn the attack on the army base in Baramulla.Terror&hatred can never succeed against the courage&resolve of our bravehearts
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 3, 2016
11.00 am: Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Shahapur sector of Poonch of J&K.
10.19 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar chairs high level security meet in South Block wit Army Chief Dalbir Singh, Air Force Chief Arup Raha and Navy Chief Sunil Lanba.
9.45 am: 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, officials said.
9.34 am: We are managing high-level alerts. We are taking care of all aspects of security: Uttam Chand, DIG, North Kashmir.
9.21 am: Search operation officially ends.
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
— HMO India (@HMOIndia) October 3, 2016
HM spoke to NSA and DG BSF in the wake of terror attack in Baramulla and reviewed the situation. MHA is closely monitoring the situation.
— HMO India (@HMOIndia) October 3, 2016
9.13 am: We retaliated after terrorists opened fire.: IG BSF
9.10 am: IG BSF says terrorists used wire cutters to enter the BSF camp, which were recovered during search operations.
8.29 am: Injured BSF jawan out of danger and is admitted to RR camp hospital.
8.10 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to chair meet to review security.
7.49 am: Search operations underway at the BSF Baramulla post.
7.11 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh discusses and reviews security situation with NSA Ajit Doval.
6.59 am: HM Rajnath Singh speaks to DG BSF, asks him to provide best medical facilities to the injured jawan.
6.45 am: 2 terrorists neutralised. NSA closely monitoring the situation.
6.30 am: Sanitisation operations underway at the Baramulla Army camp with roads leading to the Army camp blocked. Additional reinforcements rushed to Baramulla.
7.28 am: Rajnath Singh also offered condolences on the death of a jawan and expressed solidarity with his family.
5.15 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Army chief Dalbir Suhag updated about the attack.
5.03 am: Reports of three Army commandos getting injured also pour in.
4.30 am: One BSF personnel martyred during the combing operation.
12.04 pm: ‘Situation contained and under control’, Army’s Nothern Command issues statement.
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11.30 pm: 1 BSF jawan injured in exchange of fire with terrorists.
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 2, 2016
11.03 pm: Four or more terrorists believed to have been responsible, tried to barge in firing at sentry box. No official confirmation on the number of miscreants came.
11.00 pm: Terrorists did not breach Indian Army’s 46RR camp, tried to enter through a public park near camp, according to reports. Heavy exchange of fire on.
10.25 pm: Fidayeen attack starts at Army camp. Militants armed with grenades and AK-47 tried to enter into army camp as per sources.
The attack comes after the nation is reeling under the after-effects of the Uri attack that led to the death of 19 Indian soldiers and the demand for strict actions by the Modi government.