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Sunjwan attack updates: Soldier, injured in Jammu terror attack, dies

Personnel outside the army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu on Saturday morning

The state's minister for parliamentary affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the State Assembly, now in its budget session, that the militants stormed the Sunjwan military station shortly before dawn using the rear side where family quarters are located.

Residential quarters located inside an army camp at Sunjawan, Jammu came under attack from terrorists on Saturday morning at around 5 am leaving two jawans including a JCO dead. The Army said it has found a flag of "Mohammed Afzal Guru Brigade" of Jaish from the slain terrorist.

Seven soldiers were killed in a similar attack in Jammu after suspected Pakistani militants in police uniforms stormed a major army base in November 2016.

Inspector General of Police (Jammu) SD Singh Jamwal told reporters in Jammu that "around 4:55 am suspicious movement was noticed by the sentry and his bunker was sacked upon".

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday termed the fidayeen attack on Sunjwan Army camp as "desperate attempt" to break development of pace in the State.

The attack triggered a flurry of activities as the army rushed quick response teams and deployed commandos to neutralise the attackers. Jammu IGP SD Singh Jamwal was quoted as saying by the ANI that the number of terrorists is not known. Santri bunker was sacked upon and they retaliated. Two of them are in hospital in critical conditions, they said.

The attack by the heavily armed Lashkar-e-Taiba militants (LeT) had left at least 12 soldiers dead and nine others injured, before they were shot dead after a five-hour-long gunbattle. He said it would not be appropriate for him to comment on the attack on an Army camp in Jammu as the operation was still on.

- The terrorists are holed up in one of the quarters inside the Sunjwan camp. Army has issued high alert in the region after the attack was launched. Several measures to strengthen perimeter security were suggested by a committee headed by former Army vice-chief lieutenant-general Philip Campose, soon after the Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016.

The chief minister, while condemning the attack, described the incident as an effort by elements inimical to peace to disrupt the pace of development in the state. "My heart goes out to the injured and their families", read her tweet.

Moreover, the Campose report had also proposed an external audit of security of camps and installations, which has not been accepted by the three services.