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Nagrota terror attack: 7 Army personnel martyred; 16 rescued in hostage-like situation

Nagrota terror attack: 7 Army personnel martyred; 16 rescued in hostage-like situation
Highlights
  • Terrorists forced their entry into the officers mess complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries
  • The terrorists then entered two buildings which were occupied by officers, families and men
  • This led to a hostage-like situation, which was very quickly contained

Two officers and five soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred in a terrorist attack on an Army unit in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota on Tuesday. Army personnel killed three terrorists and rescued two women, two children and 12 soldiers who had been trapped in a hostage-like situation.

The attack took place early on Tuesday, when heavily armed terrorists disguised as policemen attacked an Army unit posted close to the Corps Headquarters in Nagrota, which is less than 15 km away from Jammu. They stormed into the offcers’ mess after throwing grenades. In the initial counteraction, one officer and three soldiers were killed, the Army’s Northern Command said in a statement.

The terrorists then entered residential buildings, where the families of some personnel were lodged. This led to a hostage-like situation.

Army personnel contained the situation and launched a deliberate operation to rescue the soldiers and their family members caught in the buildings and also to neutralize the terrorists.

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One more officer and two more soldiers were killed in the operation that saw the rescue of 16 people, including two children and two women.

The Northern Command said it had recovered the bodies of three terrorists. Operations to sanitize the region and ensure that there are no more terrorists are underway.

The attack on the Army camp in Nagrota is the latest major attack in the ongoing escalation of infiltration by terrorists from the other side of the Line of Control and border. The attack also comes in the midst of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, which the Indian Army has said often serves as covering fire to support infiltration by terrorists supported by the Pakistani defence establishment.

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