Heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists on Saturday struck at an army camp in Jammu, killing two personnel and injuring nine others including a major, almost 15 months after the Jammu region was hit by a similar attack.
Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) of the Indian Army engaged the terrorists as they targeted the quarters of the JCOs after entering the camp from the rear.
It is not clear how many terrorists carried out the attack but three of them, belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, have been killed.
"Operations will continue till all the terrorist are apprehended or killed", he added.
Today's attack comes 13 months after militants barged into the Army camp at Nagrota on the outskirts of Jammu.
Rao had asked the former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister to remove Akbar Lone from his party instead of backing the MLA's "pro-Pak rants".
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A former Intelligence Bureau officer Arun Chaudhary, who had served in Jammu and Kashmir twice, said "terrorists are challenging the aura of invincibility of the Indian army". Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a high-level security review meeting in the wake of the terror strike.
Separately, in July past year, the government had delegated "substantial" financial powers to the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force to strengthen perimeter security at sensitive bases across the country.
Making a statement in the Assembly, Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs AR Veeri said that at about 4.10 am a group of fidayeen attacked Sunjwan military station (36 Brigade) resulting in death of Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary and Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir, besides four others, including a civilian, got injured.
"We will not play politics unlike PM Modi who reached Mumbai to address a press conference during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks", he said. The operation is progressing with extreme caution to avoid casualties in the dark.
IGP S.D. Singh Jamwal said, "Suspicious movement was noticed by the sentry and his bunker was sacked upon".
Police sources earlier said that the attackers split themselves into two groups and one of these was "isolated" in a corner of a four-storey building within the camp.