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Army camp attacked in Samba, both terrorists killed

Army camp attacked in Samba, both terrorists killed
Without naming Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said such attempts show the neighbouring country’s “desperation”.

A pilgrim sustained injuries during the attack at the Mesar camp but the Army said he had hit his head in panic and there was no gunshot injury.

The Army said both the guerrillas involved in the attack were killed although a search was still on in the area. The brigade commander of the area, Brigadier BS Rana, told mediapersons that two terrorists wearing paramilitary fatigues lobbed grenades and fired from automatic weapons at the camp of the 82 Field Armoured Regiment in Samba district early on Saturday morning. The terrorists attacked the camp around 5.50 am, and the operation launched against them was completed in six hours.

“The alert guards at the camp retaliated promptly, thereby thwarting the terrorists’ attempt to enter the camp. Both the terrorists have been gunned down. Firing has stopped, but a search operation is still going on in the area,” Brigadier Rana said.

According to sources, the first terrorist was killed around 10.30 am, while the second was killed around 1 pm. The Army did not confirm injuries to any of its soldiers although reports from the gunfight site earlier said two soldiers had sustained minor injuries during the operation against the guerrillas.

The injured pilgrim — identified as Pappu, son of Mahadev Prasad of Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh — was on his way to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra town of Reasi district, police said. He was taken to the Samba district hospital, where doctors referred him to the government medical college and hospital in Jammu city.
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