In the deadliest attack since Uri, seven army personnel, including a Major, were killed after militants in police uniform today attacked an army artillery unit in Nagrota on the outskirts of Jammu. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar this evening briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also sought details from Army. Army chief General Dalbir Singh also briefed Parrikar and PM Modi. Army Chief will visit Nagrota tomorrow. “Two Army officers and 5 jawans lost their lives in the attack. Three heavily armed terrorists in police uniform entered in officers’ mess building complex, fired heavily and attacked with grenades,” Defence PRO Manish Mehta said this evening. Three terrorits were succefully neutralised. “12 jawans, 2 ladies & 2 children were inside.There was hostage like situation which was successfully neutralised,” Manish Mehta Defence PRO said. ADG BSF said that after examination of terrorists’ bodies, 3 AK 47, 20 AK magazines, 16 pistol rounds, 31 grenades and other war like stores were recovered. “We have ordered closure of all schools and education institutions in Nagrota tehsil in view of the terror attack”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said. In another incident, three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.
— ANI (@ANI_news) November 29, 2016
Strongly condemn the attack on Nagrota army camp.Terror will never deter us frm our path of peace&progress.We owe this to our brave martyrs
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) 29 November 2016
The seven soldiers who were martyred in today attack:
1) Grenadier Raghvendra Singh from Gadijatar, Rajasthan.
2)Rifleman Asim Rai from Village Ratanchha,PO Khotang,Nepal
3) Havildar Sukhraj Singh from village Maan Nagar, Gurdaspur (Punjab).
4) Lance Naik Kadam Sambhaji Yeshwantro from Village Janapuri, Maharashtra
5) Maj Gosavi Kunal Mannadir from Pandharpur (Maharashtra),
6) Maj Akshay Girish Kumar from Koramangala, Bengaluru
Earlier, a senior Army officer said that heavily-armed militants in police uniform stormed the 166 artillery unit, opening indiscriminate fire. Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps. In view of the attack, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed for traffic in the area.The district administration has closed all schools in Nagorta tehsil as a precautionary measure. This came days ahead of Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s visit to India to attend the Heart of Asia (HoA) conference in Amritsar on December 3 and 4.
Pakistan has on numerous accounts violated the ceasefire ever since Indian Army conducted Surgical strikes across the border to eliminate a significant number of threats from the Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Recently, Pakistan’s Army Captain was killed in the massive assault launched by the Indian Army in along the Line of Control seeking retribution for the mutilation of the body of an Indian soldier on Tuesday. Three other Pakistani Army men were killed in the firing. Last week, 3 Indian soldiers had been killed by militants from across the border, while one of their bodies had been badly mutilated. The Indian army had condemned the act and vowed to seek retribution and give Pakistan befitting reply for their cold-blooded brutality. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s new army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that situation at the LoC will improve soon, quoted Pakistan media.