Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reacting to the attacks Nagrota and Samba in which at least three Indian army personnel and four terrorists were killed. In a statement, the defence minister said that statistics have shown that attacks on army installations have been increased by terrorists in the recent past.
Stressing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been briefed of the terror attack, he added that the civilians are not being attacked as terrorists need local support. Meanwhile, several parts of the state including Katra and Uthampur has been put under high alert.
Earlier in the day, militants opened fire at an army camp in Nagrota, which ensued heavy gunbattle between security forces and terrorists, which began at around 5:15 AM, which reports of some terrorists holding up the area. The area was soon cordoned off and the schools were also closed.
The BSF also noticed suspicious movement in general area of border out post Chamliyal which also saw exchange of fires between terrorists and security forces.
Today’s attack has come on a day when General Qamar Javed Bajwa took over as the new chief of Pakistan army at a time when the relation between both countries is at its lowest point.
India has repeatedly been subjected to cross-border firing by the neighbouring country after it conducted surgical strike and destroyed terrorists’ launch pads on September 29 this year, following the Uri terror attack in which 19 soldiers were killed.