Three militants have been gunned down by Indian Army soldiers in a fierce gunbattle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota cantonment on Tuesday. In another gunfight, 70km from Nagrota, three infiltrators were killed and six BSF men, including a DIG, have suffered bullet injuries near the International Border in Chamliyal area of Samba sector.
According to reports militants, suspected to be three to four in number, stormed an army unit at around 5am.
“Intense firing is on at 166 medium regiment at Nagrota near Jammu- Srinagar highway,” an Jammu police official said. He added that few jawans of Indian Army have also suffered bullet injuries.
The injured have been shifted to a military hospital in Satwari.
According to locals several loud explosions following indiscriminate firing was heard from an area housing an officers’ mess.
All schools in the cantonment which is vast and runs close to the National Highway 1A were closed for the day.
A local residents said, earlier they believed it was a routine practice but then soon heard regular explosion sounds and distress whistling from the Army campus.
The Nagrota cantonment is the headquarters of 16 Corps and houses several important army units. The 16 Corps is responsible for guarding the line of control on the southern side of the Pir Panjal range.
This year this is the second attack by militants in an Army base. In the month of September 19 soldiers were killed when a group of suspected Pakistani militants attacked an army camp in Uri in northern Kashmir.
While in the second incident, three infiltrators were shot dead by BSF troopers near the international border of Chamliyal area of Ramgarh in Samba district. Six troopers have also suffered injuries in the gun battle.