All three terrorists who attacked an army base in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on 25 November were killed by security forces after a five-hour gunbattle. To deal with the crisis, the army had had to summon the Special Forces. A civilian was also killed in the firing.
Terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
One soldier was injured in the attack. The encounter began when heavily-armed JEM terrorists were challenged by an army unit after they tried to infiltrate into Tangdhar sector, which is near to the Line of Control (LoC). During the encounter, an oil dump caught fire resulting in gutting of several barracks in the army camp.
It may be noted Tangdhar sector is close to the LoC in Kupwara district and has been used as an infiltration route in the past.
According to initial reports, three to four terrorists took up positions at a mountainous ridge near the camp, located near the LoC, around 7.30 am. They started firing indiscriminately and also lobbed grenades on the camp.
“There was a stand-off fire from Kalsuri Ridge (in Tangdhar sector) towards an army camp this morning,” a senior Army official sad.
However, there was a lull for some time before the terrorists opened fire again. This led to a gunbattle that was going on till reports last came in.
An army officer said it was not yet clear whether the militants were part of an infiltration group.
There are around 80 soldiers in the base. Ajaz Ahmed, senior superintendent of police, Kupwara briefed mediapersons that three militants are involved in the army camp attack and they are most probably fidayeens.