Rohingya Camp Nearby Led To Attack On Army Base In Jammu

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Suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked an army camp at Sunjwan in Jammu city early hours of 10 February, leaving three army personnel and the daughter of an armymen injured.

According to Director General of Police (SGP) S P Vaid, the terrorists the camp from its rear side where the residential quarters are located. Three terrorists have been isolated.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) S D Jaiswal said that at around 4.55 am, the sentry noticed some suspicious movement when his bunker was fired upon. The sentry fired retaliatory shots following which the terrorists were cornered in the quarters. There are unconfirmed reports that at least one person was killed.

A UNHCR aid worker gathers details about the Rohingya muslim refugees from Myanmar at a makeshift camp in the outskirts of Jammu. © AFP

Meanwhile, the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly Kavinder Gupta said that the attack was caused due to the presence of an illegal Rohingya refugee camp in the vicinity.

 

Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly Kavinder Gupta said that the attack was caused due to the presence of an illegal Rohingya refugee camp in the vicinity

 

“The incident took place due to presence of Rohingyas in the area,” said Gupta.

The Opposition meanwhile alleged that Gupta was targeting members of a particular community and demanded his apology, adding that till then they would not allow the house to function.

The injured have been moved to the military hospital. One of the soldiers is critical.

At least 3 Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists breached the rear side of the Sunjwan camp of the 36 Army Brigade, barged into the JCO family quarters in the garrison and opened fire.

It is believed that the terrorists have been isolated in one of the buildings.

“Around 4.55am, suspicious movement was noticed by the sentry. The sentry bunker was fired upon and they retaliated. The number of terrorists isn’t known, they’ve been cornered in one of the family quarters. The operation is on,” Jammu IGP SD Singh Jamwal said.

After a heavy gun battle the area was cordoned off and army’s special forces and SOG deployed.

Schools within 500 metres of the camp have been asked to remain closed by the district administration.

The camp, which is spread over many acres of land, is located adjacent to several shopping arcades and motor showrooms, and private schools on the by-pass in the heart of Jammu city. It has been targeted for the second time during in 10 years.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the J&K DGP and directed MHA officials to look into the matter.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on the army or security establishment by JeM in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged on February 9, 2013. ■

© PTI

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