Seven Indian Sol­diers Killed In Nagrota Camp At­tack, 16 Res­cued

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At least seven Indian sol­diers have been killed af­ter mil­i­tants stormed an army camp in Indian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir with grenades and gun­fire, the mil­i­tary says.

They took 16 hostages, all of whom were sub­se­quently res­cued af­ter fierce gun bat­tles, the North­ern Com­mand said.

Three mil­i­tants were killed in the as­sault on the camp, in Jammu’s Nagrota area. The at­tack­ers were dis­guised in Po­lice uni­forms. The se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion re­mains in progress as Indian forces seek to “sani­tise” the area, the army said on

In Septem­ber, mil­i­tants at­tacked a base in Uri and killed 19 sol­diers, lead­ing to a spike in cross-bor­der ten­sions af­ter In­dia blamed Pak­istan.

In re­sponse, In­dia car­ried out “sur­gi­cal strikes” across the bor­der. The army said it had de­stroyed “ter­ror­ist launch­ing pads” used by mil­i­tants with sup­port from Pak­istan, but the Pak­istani mil­i­tary dis­puted this.

On Tues­day, of­fi­cials told the that heavy fir­ing was tak­ing place af­ter “three to four” mil­i­tants at­tacked the camp in Nagrota.

They first at­tacked an of­fi­cers’ mess com­plex, killing one of­fi­cer and three sol­diers who tried to re­pel them. They then took 12 sol­diers, two women and two chil­dren hostage, all of whom were even­tu­ally res­cued by sol­diers af­ter a gun­fight that left an­other of­fi­cer and two sol­diers dead, the army said. The morn­ing strike came a month af­ter a sim­i­lar at­tack in Bara­mulla, where one bor­der guard was killed and an­other wounded. Sep­a­rately on Tues­day, Indian bor­der forces killed three sus­pected mil­i­tants try­ing to cross the bor­der from Pak­istan, of­fi­cials said. Ten­sions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, both nu­clear-armed pow­ers, have risen sig­nif­i­cantly since the at­tack in Uri.

Last week, of­fi­cials in Pak­istan said at least nine peo­ple were killed and 11 oth­ers in­jured when cross-bor­der shelling from In­dia hit a pas­sen­ger bus in the dis­puted re­gion. In­dia had ear­lier vowed to avenge the killing of three sol­diers, one of whose bod­ies it said had been mu­ti­lated. In­dia ac­cuses Pak­istan of arm­ing and train­ing in­sur­gents fight­ing for Kash­mir’s in­de­pen­dence from In­dia or its merger with Pak­istan, a claim Pak­istan de­nies. Dis­puted Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Kash­mir has been a flash­point for decades and has sparked two wars be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.

Both con­trol parts of the dis­puted ter­ri­tory but claim it in full. Times of In­dia

Se­cu­rity beefed up in Jammu af­ter heav­ily armed sui­cide at­tack­ers stormed into an army camp in Nagrota, some 20km from Jammu, Kash­mir.

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