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3 Soldiers Killed in Uri-style Fidayeen Attack on Army Camp in Kupwara

Sources within the Army said two terrorists were killed and combing operations were underway.

Mufti Islah, Pranay Upadhyay

Updated:April 27, 2017, 1:12 PM IST
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Srinagar: Three soldiers were killed and five injured when militants attacked an army camp in Chokibal area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir early on Thursday. Two terrorists were eliminated and combing operations were underway.

Sources told CNN-News18 that the martyrs included an Army officer, a Junior Commissioner Officer and a jawan, adding that the toll was feared to rise. Sources added that the injuries sustained by five other soldiers were non-fatal.

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Sources had earlier said that five soldiers were killed in the attack, but later said three had been martyred.

The militants are suspected to be from terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. A PTI report said they stormed the battalion camp, which is in-charge of road-opening duties on the crucial roads in the area.

As security forces were carrying out search operations, angry protesters gathered near the camp site and raised slogans. There were also reports of stone-pelters making the movement of reinforcement convoys difficult.

The garrison is around 100km from the Army camp in Uri sector which came under a similar fidayeen attack on September 17 last year. Nineteen soldiers were killed in that attack which was also launched in the early hours. India had carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation, dismantling terror infrastructure across the border.

Thursday’s attack is likely to figure in talks that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold with top intelligence and security officials on Thursday morning. The meeting had been called to discuss the tense situation in Valley.

The Valley has witnessed a string of violent incidents this month starting with clashes between civilians and security forces in the run-up to the Srinagar bypolls on April 9. Videos filmed during the unrest have further fuelled tensions in the area. The PDP-BJP government in the state had on Wednesday banned 22 social networking sites and applications, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in Kashmir on the grounds that these were being misused to fan trouble.

| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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