Pakistan-backed terrorists attacked an army camp at Tangdhar in Kupwara district, of Jammu and Kashmir, on 25 November. There were around 80 jawans in the camp. No casualties have been reported.
Around 6.30am, three to four terrorists took up positions at a mountainous ridge near the camp, located close to the Line of Control. The terrorists indiscriminately open fired on the army camp, and threw grenades as well. As a result, an army oil depot caught fire, gutting several barracks.
The Tangdhar area is close to the LoC, and in the past has been used for infiltration purposes.
Though the exact number of terrorists involved, is still unclear, a combing and search operation has been started by the army jawans.
An army official, when asked if the terrorists were part of an infiltration group, said, “That aspect is to be investigated. We can comment on it only after the operation is over. The terrorists were armed with small firearms and under barrel grenade launchers.”
Meanwhile, the army busted a major militant hideout, and recovered several improvised explosive devices (IED), along with ammunition, from Poonch.
The joint operation was conducted by the Rashtriya Rifles battalion, Territorial Army, and the Jammu and Kashmir police, on 24 November.
Meanwhile, the army has been involved in a search operation to bust the hideouts of terrorists from Rajwar forests in Handwara. So far, three personnel have been injured, including a lieutenant-colonel, and two army jawans.
The recent spurt in violence comes in the wake of a slide in bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, following cancellation of talks between the NSAs, in August. India said, Pakistan should address the terrorism issue first, before resuming bilateral talks.