NAGROTA ATTACK: Army, NIA assess situation

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag today visited the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters and was briefed about yesterday''s militant attack in which seven officers and jawans were killed, even as combing operation to flush out any remaining militant continued.
NAGROTA ATTACK: Army, NIA assess situation
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Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag today visited the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters and was briefed about yesterday's militant attack in which seven officers and jawans were killed, even as combing operation to flush out any remaining militant continued.

Three militants were killed by security forces personnel and combing operation to sanitise the area was nearing end.

Gen Suhag arrived in Nagrota in the afternoon and was briefed by the top commanders on the attack at an army artillery unit.

He was also briefed about the combing operations.

He reviewed the security aspect post attack and paid tributes to those killed in the strike.

"Combing operation resumed this morning at the camp. The area has to be cleared… Operation is on to see whether there is presence of any other militant in the area. We cannot take chances," a senior army officer said.

'Blinds' (unexploded shells) were destroyed at the site of the attack by a bomb disposal team during the combing operation.

Jammu was rocked by two attacks yesterday in which seven army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other security men, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed militants were killed in the separate fierce encounters.

In one incident, a group of heavily-armed militants in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city.

Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack.

Three militants were killed by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.

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