June 2003 News

Seven Killed As Militants Storm Army Camp In J&K

27 June 2003
The Times of India

Jammu: Seven people including six army personnel and a militant were killed and nine injured in a suicide attack by militants on the Sunjiwan army camp here on Saturday. Two militants stormed the camp through its main gate at around 4.30 a.m., hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire on the inmates who were sleeping, official sources said. The army personnel retaliated and an exchange of fire took place in which one of the militants and six army personnel were killed. The cantonment houses staff quarters and a training centre and is located at the bottom of lower Shivalik ranges. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. This latest violence comes during the visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to the Himalayan region. He is scheduled to return to New Delhi on Saturday. Intermittent firing was still on in the cantonment and the fate of the second militant was not immediately known, the sources said. The entire area has been sealed to prevent the militant from escaping. The injured were shifted to Satwari military hospital where the condition of three of them was stated to be critical. This is the second suicide attack on an army installation in Jammu. In a similar attack by militants at Kala Chak in the city on May 14, 2001, 34 family members of army personnel were killed.


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