Attack an army camp in Samba that had also been stormed by militants in 2013; 2 militants die in the exchange of fire
Srinagar: A day after six people, including two militants, were killed during an attack on a police station in Kathua district of Jammu, two fidayeen tried to storm an army camp in neighbouring Samba district on Saturday morning.
The militants attacked the Mesar camp of the 82 field armoured regiment with grenades, triggering a gunfight with the soldiers. Defence officials said the militants were later shot dead, while two soldiers sustained minor injuries.
Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said it was difficult to say whether the two militants were from the same group which had attacked a police station in Kathua on Friday.
“At 5.45 AM, the terrorists had opened fire and let me tell you nobody has been injured. No soldier or civilian has been injured. The individual, who has been injured, had fallen off from his cycle during the firing. It is not a bullet or a splinter injury,” Mehta told reporters.
“They (attackers) were not trying to enter any unit. They have fired from outside and now they have been cordoned outside the army area,” he added.
He was on his way to the Mata Vaishnoo Devi shrine in Katra town of Reasi district, the police said. He was shifted to government medical college hospital in Jammu city.
The 82 field armoured camp, which comes under the 9 Corps headquartered at Yule camp in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, had also been attacked by fidayeen on September 26, 2013 after storming the Hiranagar police station in Kathua district that day, killing 12 people.
Traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot highway was suspended and all schools in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu region were shut soon after the news of the attack. All exams scheduled in these two districts have also been postponed.
On Friday, two fidayeen attacked a police station in Rajbagh area of neighbouring Kathua district, killing two CRPF soldiers, a policeman and a civilian.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters in Delhi that improved intelligence gathering has resulted in lesser number of casualties on the Indian side. He said 26 militants have been killed in the state so far this year.
“With such low loss, we inflict pain on the other side,” he said.
Major attacks in Jammu
14 May 2002: 3 militants attack Kaluchak cantonment in Jammu. A total of 36 persons killed.
24 Nov 2002: Militants attack Raghunath and Panchbakhtar temples. A total of 13 persons, including 3 militants, killed.
15 May 2003: A militant attacks an army unit in Poonch and kills a soldier. The militant escapes but is killed the next day in a gunfight
28 June 2003: 2 militants attack Dogra regiment camp at Sunjwan Jammu , killing 12 soldiers and injuring 7 others. The militants were also killed
22 July 2003: 3 militants attack an army camp at Bangti in Akhnoor killing 8 soldiers and injuring 12 others.
2 Jan 2004: Fidayeen attack on Jammu railway station kills 4 soldiers and injures 9 others
3 March 2004: Fidayeen attack police bus, kill 4 cops and two under trial prisoners. Seven cops injured.
26 September 2013: Fidayeen first attack a police station in Kathua and then an army camp in Samba. 12 people including a lieutenant colonel and 3 fidayeen killed
28 March 2014: Rocket Regiment camp in Kathua attacked. Three militants and 3 soldiers killed.
-With Agencies inputs