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Sunjwan Army Camp Attack: Anti-Terror Operation Enters Day 2

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Militants reportedly belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group attacked the Sunjwan army camp near Jammu in the wee hours of 10 January. According to media reports, total death toll rises to five as four soldiers and one civilian has been martyred. Four terrorists have been gunned down by security personnel. Earlier, reports suggested that two JCOs were killed in the attack, while the daughter of a JCO was injured.

Around 4:55 am on Saturday, militants entered from the rear side of Sunjwan army camp where family quarters are located

IAF para commandos were airlifted to Jammu from Udhampur after the attack

High alert has been sounded in Jammu and security beefed up around the city

Three terrorists have been neutralised

Congress asks PM Modi to step in, says 382 Army Personnel killed since 2014

Chief of Indian Army Staff General Bipin Rawat to visit the army camp once all terrorists have been eliminated

Four jawans and one civilian have died in the attack.
The security forces have gunned down a fourth terrorist.

Around 4:55 am suspicious movement was noticed by the santri. The santri bunker was fired upon and they retaliated. The number of terrorists is not known, they’ve been cornered in one of the family quarters. The operation is on.
SD Singh Jamwal

The schools within 500 metres of the camp have been asked to remain closed by the district administration.

Soon after the attack, reinforcements of the Army’s special forces and the SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid a fierce gunfight, security official said.

A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and security beefed up in and around the city.

The camp falls under the first Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 36 brigade.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on the army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged on 9 February 2013.

Militants had attacked the same army station in 2006. Twelve soldiers were killed and seven others were injured in that attack before the two ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) terrorists were killed.

IAF Para Commandos Airlifted to Jammu

After militants attacked the Sunjwan army camp earlier on Saturday, IAF para commandos were airlifted to Jammu from Udhampur. Para commandos from Sarsawa, Uttar Pradesh, will also be airlifted to Jammu.

Rajnath Singh Speaks to J&K Police Chief

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and took stock of the situation arising out of the terror attack on the army camp, reported PTI.

During the telephonic conversation, the Home Minister sought details from Director General of Police SP Vaid on the terrorist attack, according to a tweet by the Home Minister’s Office.

Security personnel on alert after the Sunjwan terror attack in Jammu. 
Security personnel on alert after the Sunjwan terror attack in Jammu. 
(Photo: PTI)

BJP MLC Links Terror Attack to Rohingyas; Party MLAs Raise Anti-Pak Slogans in Assembly

BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa said that the terror attack on Sunjwan army camp might be connected to the Rohingyas living in surrounding areas of Jammu.

(I) Have been raising the issue of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas living in surrounding areas of Jammu illegally. They are increasing. If not stopped, they’ll act as militant organisations’ shelter. And this may also be connected to them. Investigation must be done.
BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa on Sunjwan Attack

Meanwhile, BJP MLAs raised anti-Pakistan slogans in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Saturday.

J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti Condemns Terror Attack

J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the terror attack on the army camp in Jammu’s Sunjwan.

Security personnel on alert after the Sunjwan terror attack in Jammu. 
Security personnel on alert after the Sunjwan terror attack in Jammu. 
(Photo: PTI)
Two JCOs Killed, Six Injured

Two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) were killed and six others injured in the terror attack on the Sunjwan camp, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said.

The minister informed the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that Subedar Maganlal and Subedar Mohammed Ashraf were killed in the attack by a group of militants, reported PTI.

A colonel rank officer is among the six injured in the terror attack, Veeri further said.

While the minister did not specify the group affiliation of the militants who launched the attack, officials said Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were behind the terror strike.

J&K Assembly Speaker Raises Suspicions With Regard to Rohingyas and Bangladeshis

J&K Assembly speaker and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta also raised suspicions with regard to Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living in the Jammu area after the terror attack on the Sunjwan army camp.

I live in that constituency, complaints have come from there. And in a way, the government also accepts that the number of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis is increasing and that they are a security threat.
J&K Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta

Gupta further went on to narrate how he has seen a video which shows drug mafia running in areas where Rohingyas and Bangladeshis live.

“For money, some people have given them (Rohingyas and Bangladeshis) space to stay. The government must take note of this,” he told ANI.

‘Attack Has Been Contained, Operations Are Still Underway’: Army Statement

Hours after the terror attack on the Sunjwan camp in Jammu, the Army issued a statement saying, “The attack has been contained and the operations are still in progress,” reported CNN News18.

A suspicious move was noticed in the early hours. When challenged it was replied back. The firing took place and then terrorists made entry into the family quarters in the vicinity of the Khad. The attack has been contained and operations are still in progress.
Army statement as quoted by CNN News18
Watch: Indian Army Address Media on Sunjwan Terror Attack

Addressing the media hours after Sunjwan terror attack. the Indian Army said that one JCO has been martyred while six others, including ladies and children, suffered minor injuries. Media reports earlier said that two JCOs had been killed in the attack.

The militants have been isolated. The operation is still on. Due to the presence of families in the area, the operation is being conducted very cautiously to minimise the casualties.
Col Devendra Anand, Defence PRO 

Reacting to the terror attack on the Sunjwan army camp in Jammu earlier on Saturday, former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said:

No day passes by without such incidents and terrorists are all coming from Pakistan. If Pakistan wants good relations with India, they need to stop terrorism or it will have bad consequences. Sadly, I have to say if it continues, India won’t stop itself from waging war.
Farooq Abdullah

The Army has evacuated 19 of the 26 flats inside the army camp and operations are still on.

(Photo: ANI)
(Photo: ANI)

According to the NDTV report he also said: “Like Modiji, we will not make any political comment. We are with the government and the Army,”

General Bipin Will Go to The Camp Once All Terrorists Have Been Eliminated

The operation has been underway since the last 27 hours.

Chief of Indian Army Staff General Bipin Rawat is monitoring the operation and will visit the army camp once all terrorists have been eliminated, say media reports.

Operation Enters Day 2

The operation to flush out JeM terrorists from the Army camp has entered it’s second day. The Army, however, said that there was no firing during the night and the focus remains on evacuation of people from the family quarters, reported PTI.

“The operation is on and the evacuation (of people from the family quarters) is in progress,” Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand told PTI.

There was no firing since last night.

Officials had told PTI that the terrorists entered the family accommodation complex after which quick response teams corderene of the area and isolated the terrorist. According to the officials, the terrorists are now holed up in a few house inside the camp.

Contingents of CRPF and the police are posted outside the boundary wall to keep curious onlookers away and avoid civilian casualties.

In an ANI interview, deputy CM of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh has condemned the attack and said that the army is taking precautions and cordoning the area.

Death Toll Rises to Five, Fourth Terrorist Gunned Down

According to media reports, four jawans have been martyred. One civilian has also been killed.

The security forces have, however, successfully gunned down another terrorist.

Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s Piyush Goyal Condemn The Attack

Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to twitter to strongly condemn the attack.

“All Indians, across political line, stand united with our Army men and women,” he said, adding that his prayers and thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured.

Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal, on the other hand, said that the nation should stand behind our security forces and that the Congress is trying to politicise the tragedy.

The nation should stand united behind our security forces, they should be encouraged. Unfortunate that Congress leaders associate this kind of tragedy with politics. Strongly condemn them for doing politics over blood & sweat of our Army persons.
Piyush Goyal to ANI