7 soldiers including two officers killed in attack on army camp outside Jammu

Militants on Tuesday opened heavy fire at an army camp in Nagrota on the outskirts of the city, killing seven soldiers. Among those killed two officers of the Indian army and five jawans

A fierce gunbattle was underway at the site all throughout Tuesday, a senior police officer said.

“2 Army officers and 5 jawans lost their lives in Nagrota Attack; combing operations are underway,” said Manish Mehta, Defence PRO.

Militants opened heavy fire on security men deployed at the army unit in Nagrota belt. In the gunbattle that followed, two army jawans were injured, one of them critically, the officer said.

Two militants have also been killed, according to reports.

Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps.

In view of the attack, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed for traffic in the area. The district administration has closed all schools in Nagorta tehsil as a precautionary measure.

“We have ordered closure of all schools and education institutions in Nagrota tehsil in view of the terror attack”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.

An alert has been sounded in Jammu city.

Elsewhere, a BSF jawan was today injured in a gunbattle with an infiltrating group of militants along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.

BSF troops picked up the movement of a group of suspected militants in Chambiliyal-Ramgarh sector of Samba district during pre-dawn time, a senior BSF officer said.

There was a firefight in which one BSF jawan suffered minor injuries, he said, adding the suspected militants have been trapped in an area and the gunbattle is underway.

(With PTI inputs)


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