Army launches final assault, 3 terrorists killed, 5 soldiers martyred, civilian dies, 11 injured

JAMMU, FEB 11: Five soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer have been martyred while a civilian died, 11 people injured and three terrorists have been eliminated in around 30-hour long gun battle triggered post Fidayeen attack in Sunjwan based Army Brigade here.
“The Sunjwan gun battle has reportedly ended as army launched final assault late Sunday evening in which six people including five soldiers have attained martyrdom while three terrorists are neutralized and 11 people including a pregnant woman suffered injuries during the encounter,”sources here said.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat also arrived here on Saturday evening and reviewed first hand situation of the gun battle.
“Terrorists wearing Army combat dress were carrying AK-56 Assault Rifle, large amount of ammunition and hand grenades on Saturday morning attacked the Army unit and barged into the Brigade area,” defence sources said.
They said that the terrorists were holed up inside family quarters.
Defence spokesman Lt Col Devendra Anand said that search of the belongings of the terrorists confirmed that they were from Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Special commandoes were dashed from Udhampur to Jammu for final assault while choppers and helicopters monitored the situation at the encounter site.
Sunjwan Brigade is just 5 to 6 kilometres away from the heart of the Jammu city.
Meanwhile martyred soldiers were identified as Madan Lal Choudhary of 1 JAKLI, Subedar Mohammad Ashraf, Havaldar Habib Ullah Qureshi (succumbed at MH Satwari), Naik Manzoor Ahmed, Lance Naik Mohammad Iqbal and his father.
The injured were Lt Col Rohit Solanki of 6Mahar, Major Avijit Singh of 6 Mahar, Lance Naik Bahadur Singh of 1 JAKLI, Havaldar Abdul Hamid, Paramjeet Kour,40, Neha Choudhary,20, Somati Jena, Subedar Rajinder Singh and three other civilians.
Meanwhile four fire tenders, according to sources were also pressed into service to douse the flames emanating from fire that broke out during final assault.
Defence sources further said that the condition of the injured young boy is still said to be critical yet the condition of the woman who gave birth to a baby girl despite being seriously injured in the attack is said to be stable.
They said that security forces comprising of specialised Army commandoes carried out the final assault on the holed up terrorists and succeeded in neutralizing all of them.
A massive search, combing and sanitation operation id being carried out at the encounter site and surroundings in the Military camp.
During the two day long operation, local people were frequently seen assisting deployed security personnel in performing their duty by providing them food, drinking water etc. and full cooperation in maintaining peace and calm.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti also took stock of the situation arising out of the terror attack at Sunjwan Army camp at a high level meeting of officers here on Saturday evening.
Condemning the act, the Chief Minister described the attack as an effort by elements inimical to peace to break the developmental pace in the State, thereby putting the common masses to immense trouble.
She appealed to all sections of society to stand together in such a sensitive time and defeat the designs of the perpetrators who also want to divide people under different names besides creating chaos in the society and the State.
Ms Mufti paid tributes to the martyred Army personnel, praised their valour and sympathised with the bereaved families of soldiers.
She also directed maintaining strict vigil on vital installations, airports, bus stations and other crowded places.
Ms Mufti also visited to the Army Hospital, Satwari and enquired about the condition of those injured in today’s attack at Sunjwan Army camp.
The Governor N N Vohra also expressed serious concern about the fidayeen attack on the Sunjwan Army Camp.
He spoke to Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Northern Army Commander, and conveyed grief over loss of life of personnel and wished speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.
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.