Sunjuwan attack: Sitharaman meets J&K CM Mufti, visits injured jawans in Jammu
Jammu: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited those injured in the terror strike on the Army’s Sunjuwan camp at a military hospital in Jammu on Monday even as the sanitisation and clearing operation at the attack site was still on.
“I visited the injured in the military hospital in Jammu and found about their condition,” Sitharaman told reporters in Jammu.
The defence minister then met chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who briefed her on the security situation in the wake of the Sunjuwan terror attack.
Meanwhile, the Army continued its search operation on Monday, three days after the daring attack by suspected JeM terrorists on its Sunjuwan camp in Jammu.
At least six people, including five soldiers, were killed in the attack. Three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists involved in the attack were killed in the retaliatory action by the Army inside the camp and a large quantity of arms and ammunition was seized from them.
“The search operation is still on (at the camp),” Jammu-based Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand told PTI.
A group of heavily armed men struck the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry before dawn on 10 February. Five Army men, including two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), were killed in the attack.
Several blasts were heard inside the camp late last evening, breaking a lull after the initial exchange of fire, but the Army said the blasts were the result of sanitisation operation and there was no fresh contact with terrorists.
Parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told the legislative assembly that the operation was in the final stages.
Home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the security situation in the state. During the meeting with top officials, he was given a detailed presentation about the situation in the state, particularly the attack on the Sunjuwan army camp and a gunfight between security forces and militants in Srinagar.
Singh was told that the highest level of security has been put in place in the entire state and steps were being taken to foil terror attacks.
The home minister has directed the officials that action must be taken to check infiltration attempts from across the border, an official said.
The latest attack on the Army camp took place nearly 15 months after the Jammu region was hit by a similar attack.
The last terror attack in the Jammu region had taken place on 29 November, 2016, when terrorists stormed the Army’s Nagrota camp on the outskirts of Jammu city, killing seven Army personnel including two officers.