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Nine killed as gun battle rages in army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir

Indian army soldiers carry the body of their colleague who was killed in an attack on an army camp, on a stretcher outside a hospital in Jammu on February 11, 2018. (Reuters)

Nine people were killed in a gun battle between Indian soldiers and militants that raged into its second day at an army camp in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, police said.

Militants stormed the Sunjuwan camp in the city of Jammu early on Saturday and hundreds of police and soldiers were rushed in to dislodge the fighters, a home ministry official said.

Five soldiers and a civilian were killed, as were three militants, a senior police officer said.

Officials said an unknown number of attackers were cornered inside the camp’s residential complex on Sunday.

“The terrorists entered the family accommodation complex after which a quick response team cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists inside the camp,” said a senior government official. 

Intercepts 

The director general of police for Jammu and Kashmir, S P Vaid, said communications intercepts “suggest that the terrorists involved in the attack belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad group,” a Pakistan-based separatist militant organization.

Army spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said the three dead militants were wearing fatigues and had assault rifles, a grenade launcher and grenades.

Authorities said most of the 170 houses in the complex had been cleared and the occupants had moved out.

The army camp is close to two shopping centers and public schools. A curfew has been imposed parts of the city.

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Last Update: Sunday, 11 February 2018 KSA 16:53 - GMT 13:53
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