At least two terrorists and a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late last night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces.
Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi. The martyred jawan has been identified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.
A local journalist, Khursheed Aalam who lives less than half-a-kilometre from the spot, said over the phone that the attack began with heavy firing. “Now after half-an-hour of the apparent initial attack and retaliatory action, intermittent firing is going on,” he said at the time. The camp, which spreads across a vast area, has been attacked either from across the river or from behind Janbazpora locality along the Baramulla-Handwara road, he said.
A local resident said that after initial burst of gunfire and what appeared to be two grenade blasts, occasional firing happened inside the camp. Also, gunfire could be heard from the nearby Border Security Force camp. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions have been given to the forces.
Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF K K Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan. Search and combing operations are still on in the area, reports said. Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan PM, Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan NSA Nasir Janjua and Indian NSA Ajit Doval had made contact after the recent tensions and agreed to scale down hostilities along the LoC.
This was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week. The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on September 29. The strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 kms from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.
Meanwhile, another ceasefire violation by Pakistan took in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. BSF post in Gurdaspur's Chakri village was reportedly attacked by Pakistan Rangers early on Monday morning. Anil Paliwal, IG BSF said to ANI that BSF opened fire after suspected infiltration in the area.