Two army officers killed, seven injured at Sujwan militant attack in Jammu


SRINAGAR: Gunmen stormed an army camp early Saturday at Sujwan in Jammu, killing at least two army officers and wounding seven people.

Official sources said that three or four gunmen had launched the attack. At least two junior commissioned officers were killed, they said, and two women and two children – relatives of army personnel were among seven injured in the fighting.

S.D. Singh Jamwal, the inspector general of police, told reporters that at about 4:55 am, a guard noticed suspicious movement before gunfire on his bunker.

The site was cordoned off and surrounded by police and army units called in as reinforcements. “The fire was retaliated. The number of militants isn’t known,” he said.

“They´ve been cornered in one of the family quarters.” The militants, who are believed to be around three, have been isolated, they said.

The camp falls under the first Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 36 Brigade. Meanwhile schools in the entire area around the camp have been closed by authorities as a precautionary measure. A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and security beefed up in and around the city.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on the Army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was secretly hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.  The more details in the attack are awaited. (PTK)