Militants on Tuesday opened heavy fire at an army camp in Nagrota on the outskirts of the city, leaving two jawans injured, one of them critically. A fierce gunbattle is underway at the site, a senior police officer said. Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps. The camp is situated close to the headquarters of the Indian Army’s 16 Corps — a massive military formation that acts as a nerve centre to fight militancy and defend the borders in the Jammu region. The BSF earlier today said that suspicious movement was noticed in general area of border out post Chamliyal, adding the area was cordoned off immediately. In the gunbattle that followed, two army jawans were injured, one of them critically, the officer said. “We will share information after the operations are over. Firing is going on but the situation is under control,” said Manish Mehta, Defence PRO.
Here are top developments on the Nagrota attack:
1. Samba infiltration bid: Firefight over, area now being sanitized
2. Two terrorists have been killed and the operation continues. When challenged, the BSF patrol party was fired upon by miscreants holed up in a tube well pump house.
3. 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. “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.
4. An alert has been sounded in Jammu city
5. The attack comes at a day when Pakistan’s new army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will take over from General Raheel Sharif. General Bajwa will be installed at a ceremony in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, replacing General Raheel Sharif, who steps down after completing his three-year term. Bajwa, who was commissioned in the 16 Baloch Regiment in October 1980, is a graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Canada, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
(With inputs from Agencies)