Sunday, October 2, 2016

Gunbattle on at 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Baramulla after terrorist attack

Militants launched a ‘Fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on 46 Rashtriya Rifles army camp in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Sunday. The camp is located on the outskirts of Baramulla city, 54 kms from Srinagar.

The spokesman for Srinagar-based XV corps Col Rajesh Kalia said terrorists fired at an army camp at Jabanzpora in Baramulla and the firing was still on.

Personnel of the border guarding force BSF, which is under the operational command of the Army in this area, jointly stay in the camp with the soldiers, the officials said.

According to the officials, the terrorists were believed to have entered the establishment through the adjacent BSF camp but were not able to breach the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp. Heavy exchange of fire continues in the region.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also alerted the public about the ongoing situation.

In a tweet, Abdullah said, “Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.”

Sources claimed that there was some firing from adjacent houses located near the camp.

The attack comes following intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on September 29. Barely a fortnight ago, terrorists launched an assault on army’s brigade headquarters at Uri which left 19 soldiers dead. The Indian army carried out retaliatory surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads early Thursday in PoK and there were apprehensions about possible suicide attacks on defence installations ever since.

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