Jaitley salutes soldiers slain in Kupwara army camp attack

Gunner Rishi Kumar stopped the advancing terrorists who had already killed a Captain and two other soldiers from penetrating deeper into the camp which is located about 100 kms from here. Image courtesy ANI

At least two terrorists who entered the Army camp early this morning and opened fire on the armed forces have been neutralised in retaliatory firing by the Army.

During the attack, that is being dubbed as a Uri style attack, five Indian soldiers were left injured and were subsequently rushed to Srinagar.

The army also launched a search operation inside the camp to ascertain whether the militants had managed to sneak into the camp.

One of the killed army officer is identified as Captain Ayush, reported Indian media.

He also expressed grave concern and termed unfortunate the clashes between Army and civilians in which one person has been killed and some other injured, leading to escalation in the situation. They had no backpacks with them, said army officials, indicating that it was not a case of fresh infiltration, and the terrorists had been on the Indian side for a while.

Today's attack on army camp was the first fidayeen attack by militants this year and third assault on army camps in Valley since September last year.

As the day progressed, local people resorted to protest by throwing stones at security personnel as they demanded the bodies of the terrorists.

The political fraternity has come together in condemning the attack and also paying their tributes to the slain soldiers. Four militants were killed in the attack.

The attack was carried out on an artillery brigade, and among the killed soldiers is a JuniorCommissioned Officer.

The camp was located in Kupwara district near India's de facto border with Pakistan, called the Line of Control.

They said that Bhat was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed.

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