Two officers and five soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred in a terrorist attack on an Army unit in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota on Tuesday. Army personnel killed three terrorists and rescued two women, two children and 12 soldiers who had been trapped in a hostage-like situation.
The attack took place early on Tuesday, when heavily armed terrorists disguised as policemen attacked an Army unit posted close to the Corps Headquarters in Nagrota, which is less than 15 km away from Jammu. They stormed into the officers’ mess after throwing grenades. In the initial counteraction, one officer and three soldiers were killed, the Army’s Northern Command said in a statement.
The terrorists then entered residential buildings, where the families of some personnel were lodged. This led to a hostage-like situation. Army personnel contained the situation and launched a deliberate operation to rescue the soldiers and their family members caught in the buildings and also to neutralize the terrorists. One more officer and two more soldiers were killed in the operation that saw the rescue of 16 people, including two children and two women.
The Northern Command said it had recovered the bodies of three terrorists.