Jammu, Feb 10: Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat arrived here on Saturday evening after two soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer attained martyrdom while two terrorists were neutralised in an ongoing gun-battle triggered after a group of around four Fidayeens of Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit on Saturday attacked the Army unit in Sunjuwan Brigade here on city outskirts.
“As part of ongoing operations in Sunjuwan, the Army has killed two heavily armed terrorists,” defence spokesman here said.
He said that the terrorists wearing Army combat dress were carrying AK-56 Assault Rifle, large amount of ammunition and hand grenades, adding, “search of their belongings confirm the terrorists to be from Jaish-e-Mohammed. Operations are in progress with extreme caution and restraint to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women and children in the houses”.
The spokesman said that most of over 150 houses in the complex have been cleared and occupants moved to safety.
He further added that so far, one JCO and one NCO both belonging to J&K have been martyred and nine others, including five women and children, are injured, two of them being critical.
“Operations will continue till all the terrorist are apprehended or killed,” he added.
However, para commandoes were also dashed from Udhampur to Jammu for final assault while chopper hovering on the sky monitored the situation for the whole day.
Pertinent to mention here that Sunjuwan Brigade camp is just 5 to 6 kilometres away from the heart of the Jammu city.
“The operation is still on,” said an official adding that all schools close to the attack site were closed as preventive measure.
Meanwhile Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has also arrived here to review the situation.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu Range earlier had said that the militants who carried out an attack on the army camp at Sujwan in Jammu district were trapped in one of the buildings.
“At around 0455 hours suspicious movement was noticed by the Sentry and his bunker was fired upon, the fire was retaliated,” he said.
“The attackers had barged inside the camp of 36 Brigade and engaged the troops in a gun battle”, they said.
Soon after the attack, reinforcement of army and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid fierce gunfight, they said.
The national highway, which was closed in view of terror attack, was thrown open for the traffic in the afternoon later while the security forces cordoned the area of terror site.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah has condemned the dastardly and cowardly militant attack on Sunjwan Army Camp in Jammu and expressed solidarity with the families of those who died in line of their duty.
In a statement, Abdullahs conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Saying that terrorism has no religion, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana observed the cult of violence has no place in a civilized society.
Rana condemned the attack while describing it a gruesome act and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.
Meanwhile J&K Pradesh Congress Committee has also strongly condemned the fidayeen attack at Army camp at Sunjwan.
In a statement JKPCC President Ghulam Ahmed Mir and senior leaders of party have condemned the militant attack on military station at Sunjwan in which two army personnel have been martyred and four others are injured.
The PCC leaders described the attack as highly condemnable and an act of great provocation by the militants and their mentors across the border.
The attack needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words.
The Congress leaders expressed concern over the continued incidents of fidayeen attacks especially on the Army installations along with regular incidents of border shelling by Pakistan all along LOC and borders in J&K.
It is a very serious situation which needs a befitting response in every possible and appropriate manner.
It also raises serious questions, over Modi government’s policy towards Pakistan and to deal with the prevailing situation as large number of our Jawans and civilians are getting martyred and becoming targets of the designs of militants and Pakistan on borders and in the State.
Other senior leaders include CLP Leader N Rigzin Jora, Sr Vice-President Sham Lal Sharma, Raman Bhalla, Mula Ram, Kanta Bhan, Ravinder Sharma, Vikram Malhotra, Yogesh Sawhney, Manjeet Singh, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Namrata Sharma, Thakur Balwan Singh, Choudhary Shah Nawaz Ch Shah Mohammad and Anil Chopra.