New Delhi, 29 November 2016
Terror spree at Nagrota & Chamliyal leaves 7 army personnel martyred, 6 terrorists killed while 16 hostages including 12 soldiers, 2 ladies and 2 kids rescued.
Terrorists engaged Indian Army at Nagrota and BSF at Chamliyal near Sambha, both in Jammu district.
Indian Army issued a statement at the end of the operation. Which reads as, “In the early hours of 29 November 2016, a group of heavily armed terrorists disguised in police uniform targeted an Army unit located three kilometers from the Corps Headquarters at Nagrota. The terrorists forced their entry into the Officers Mess Complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries. In the initial counter action, one officer and three soldiers of the Army were martyred. The terrorists entered two buildings which were occupied by Officers, families and men. This led to a hostage like situation. The situation was very quickly contained and thereafter, in a deliberate operation all were successfully rescued, which included 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children. However, in this rescue attempt one more officer and two jawans sacrificed their lives. Bodies of three terrorists have been recovered and operations are in progress to sanitise the complete area”.
The amount of weapons, ammunition and food recovered suggests that terrorists have plan to sustain the attack as long as possible. However, Indian armed forces which included specialized forces like 9 Para neutralised them.
Incidentally, the attack took place on the last working day of Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen DS Hooda.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.