SRINAGAR, India — A brazen weekend assault by closely armed militants who stormed an Indian Military base within the Jammu area killed not less than 10 folks, together with 5 troopers, military officers stated on Sunday.
It was one of many deadliest assaults on the military lately, and Indian officers rapidly blamed a Pakistan-based militant group.
The goal of the assault early Saturday was the sprawling base of the military’s 36th Brigade, which homes greater than three,500 troops, together with these of the Jammu and Kashmir Mild Infantry.
Indian officers stated the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, led by Maulana Masood Azhar, was behind the assault. The group has carried out comparable assaults within the Indian-administrated portion of Kashmir, notably alongside the Line of Management that divides Kashmir into two components, held by India and Pakistan.
There was no fast declare of accountability for the assault this weekend, nevertheless.
The assault started round four:55 a.m. Saturday as 4 militants wearing military uniforms and armed with AK-47 assault rifles and grenades descended on Chenni, a small village on the outskirts of Jammu Metropolis, stated Abdul Rehman Veeri, the parliamentary affairs minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The village is amongst these closest to the de facto border with Pakistan.
The militants entered the household quarters of the military officers, gunning down two troopers and injuring not less than 9 different folks, together with girls and kids, military officers stated.
The militants had been cornered in a residential complicated of the camp till the military deployed Particular Forces that engaged in a bloody firefight that lasted greater than 24 hours, a military spokesman in Jammu, Lt. Col. Devender Anand, stated.
“The militants entered into the residential quarters the place they focused the relations of the military personnel. A junior commissioned officer and a noncommissioned officer had been killed within the assault,” the police stated.
The loss of life toll stood at 5 troopers, 4 militants and the daddy of a soldier, officers stated.
“The operation remains to be in progress,” Colonel Anand stated. “We’re nonetheless evacuating the trapped relations of the forces.”
On Sunday, military helicopters hovered over the Sunjuwan army station, and the Indian Military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, arrived in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
India’s house minister, Rajnath Singh, stated from Delhi that he was monitoring the scenario carefully.
The newest assault is more likely to elevate tensions between India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since independence, two of them over Kashmir. New Delhi has typically blamed militant teams in Pakistan for sponsoring militant assaults within the area.
Assaults on military bases have change into widespread within the disputed area after the Indian Military killed a charismatic militant chief, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, in July 2016. Protests within the predominantly Muslim valley have elevated since then. And extra folks have joined the struggle towards Indian rule.
Jammu Metropolis is within the southern a part of Kashmir Valley, on the coronary heart of the dispute between the 2 nuclear-armed neighbors.
Greater than 200 militants had been killed final yr, the biggest quantity in seven years, in line with the director common of the Jammu and Kashmir police, Shesh Paul Vaid. And the chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti, stated final week within the State Meeting that 71 civilians and 49 cops had been killed over the previous two years.
The police chief for Jammu, Shiv Dev Singh Jamwal, advised reporters on Saturday sentry had seen suspicious motion close to the camp earlier than the assailants started firing.
“A excessive alert has been sounded in Jammu, and safety beefed up in and across the metropolis,” he stated.
The state authorities closed faculties and a number of other procuring complexes inside a three-mile radius of Chenni and the army station.
Mohammad Ashraf Mir, whose son was one of many troopers killed within the assault, stated, “He died serving his nation.”
The daddy, a resident of Kupwara, in northern Kashmir, stated: “Individuals are getting killed every single day. India and Pakistan ought to come collectively and resolve there variations.
“At the moment it’s my son; tomorrow it will likely be another person’s,” he added. “One thing ought to be achieved to cease this bloodshed instantly.”