Manohar Parrikar briefs PM Narendra Modi on Nagrota army camp attack
The attack comes at a time of heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours following a deadly assault on an Indian army base in September that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
A group of heavily-armed suicide attackers in police uniforms entered the base around 5.30 am on Tuesday and forced their way in, throwing grenades.
Two officers identified as Major Gosavi Kunal Mannadir and Major Akshay Girish Kumar were among the seven soldiers killed in the terror attack.
He said militants entered two buildings which were occupied by officers, families and men.
"However, in this rescue attempt, one more officer and two jawans sacrificed their lives", he said.
Reports said five-six militants alighted from a Maruti auto before opening fire and lobbing grenades at the sentries on the main gate of the 166 medium regiment and stormed the army unit.
A BSF soldier, identified as Sanjay Kumar, was injured in the firefight that erupted after militants were challenged near Fatwal and Chamliyal posts in Ramghar sector.
In this sudden attack, the Army lost three of its soldiers but in the ensuing gunfight that lasted for a few hours, four terrorists were killed. The Nagrota Terror Attack is the latest major attack in the ongoing boom of intrusion by the terrorist from the other side of LoC.
Sources said the Prime Minister was briefed in the morning and again after the operation was over.
Defence ministry spokesman Manish Mehta said the attack was still going on, but did not comment on the casualties.
In a separate incident, three terrorists were killed by Border Security Force personnel in Ramgarh area of Samba sector near the worldwide border after an encounter that lasted several hours.
The Jammu-Srinagar highway, which runs through Nagrota, was closed for traffic near the town, parts of which continued to be under cordon.
A police officer said security forces engaged a group of infiltrators from Pakistan near the International Border. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in the said terror attack.
It is about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city.
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