Five soldiers, one civilian killed in Jammu and Kashmir as militants target military station


Five soldiers and one civilian were killed after a group of heavily-armed militants stormed a military camp in Jammu early on Saturday. Among those injured are five women and children including the daughter of a junior Army officer.

The armed militants also entered the family quarters, spraying automatic gunfire at the sleeping inhabitants, news agency IANS reported quoting officials.

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The attackers were believed to be Pakistanis, who made an audacious entry into Sunjuwan Military Station close to Jammu city at 4.45 AM. and entered the Junior Commissioned Officers family quarters, firing volleys of bullets and hurling grenades.

Meanwhile,  Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti chaired a high-level security meeting in Jammu. The meeting was attended by J&K director general of police SP Vaid and personnel from other security agencies, reported Hindustan Times.

Earlier on Saturday, Mufti expressed her anguish over the terror attack. She wrote on Twitter, “Deeply disturbed by the terrorist attack in #Sunjwan today. My heart goes out to the injured and their families.”

This is the second time the militants have targetted a military installtion. In January, five security personnel were killed when a group of suspected Jaish militants had attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Pulwama.

Last week, an army captain, Kapil Kundu from Ransika village of Gurgaon district, and three other soldiers were killed and a BSF sub-inspector was injured in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC). Kundu was killed just days before he was to celebrate his 23rd birthday.


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