The siege at Jammu’s army camp in Sunjuwan has finally ended with the death of four terrorists that had attacked the camp on Saturday. However, the terrorists by then had managed to kill five soldiers and one civilian while injuring 10 others. This is the worst terrorist attack after the 2016 Uri camp attack in which 19 soldiers had been killed by terrorists in a pre-dawn attack.
None of the active terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the attack police state that these are likely to be members of Jaish-e Mohamed group as they were wearing combat army uniforms. The heavily armed men were carrying AK-56 rifles along with grenade launchers and other ammunition. According to the army Chief Bipin Rawat reviewing the anti-terror operations in the state, the terrorists had entered through the camp’s rear entrance and managed to enter the campus after attacking the guards early in the morning.
The army camp at Sunjuwan has more than 150 houses with women and children which led to slowdown in evacuation. The attack led to injury of two army children that are fighting for their lives along with a pregnant rifleman’s wife. The camp is close to two important shopping centers and schools these have been shut down following the attack. In the past couple of years, there have been several such blatant suicide-style attacks by terrorists on army, police and paramilitary camps located within Jammu and Kashmir.
In April 2017, an army captain and three soldiers were killed in Kupwara while in September 2016, terrorists opened fire on a group of soldiers at Nagrota army camp leading to death of seven soldiers and three terrorists. The Sunjuwan camp attack ended only after 36 hours of continuous firing from both sides ad soldiers combed through every inch of the camp to flush out the terrorists.