A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and security beefed up in and around the city.
Three soldiers, one civilian and the third militant killed in the ongoing operation against the holed up fidayeens in the Sunjwan camp of Army’s 36 Brigade on Sunday, according to the Army.
Jammu-based Army Public Relations Officer Lt. Col. Devender Anand told The Hindu that the bodies of three soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were found during the sanitising of the residential quarters.
“They were killed by the terrorists in the initial stage on Saturday,” said the Army spokesman. He said the body of a civilian, a father of a jawan, was also found.
“A total of six casualties occurred, including two JCO, and a civilian since Saturday morning,” said the Army.
The Army said it killed third Jash-e-Muhammad militant. “The militant was also heavily armed like two others and was carrying AK-56, ammunition and grenades,” said the Army.
All the deceased soldiers belong to Jammu and Kashmir, said the Army. The police had earlier suggested four militants were killed in the operation.
Ten civilians, including six women and children, were also injured in the past two days. The condition of a 14-year-old boy remains “critical”, said an official.
A group of JeM militants managed to enter into the premises of Junior Commissioned Officers’ family quarters, as they lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate fire around 4:10 a.m.
However, the attackers were “immediately isolated by the Quick Reaction Team,” the Army added.
The Army was heading with “extreme caution and restrain to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women and children. Over 150 houses on the premises have been cleared and the occupants have been moved to safety,” said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, an injured woman, who was pregnant, delivered a baby girl in the hospital.