Jammu: A group of heavily armed Pakistan-backed terrorists attacked an army camp at Tangdhar near Line of Control (LoC) in the wee hours of Wednesday.
The incident took place in the Kupawar district of J&K, which prompted the armed forces to retaliate in equal measures.
As per reports, around 6.30 am, three to four terrorists positioned themselves at a mountainous ridge near the camp, which is located near the LoC. The terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the Army camp and also threw grenades.
“There was a stand off fire from Kalsuri Ridge (in Tangdhar sector) towards an Army camp this morning,” a senior Army official told PTI.
He said there was a brief lull before the militants opened fire again, triggering off a gunbattle, which was going on till last reports came in.
The official said the militants seem to be heavily armed as they used small fire arms and Under Barrel Grenade Launchers to carry out the attack. “So far there are no casualties reported,” he added.
Tangdhar sector is close to the LoC in Kupwara district and has been used as an infiltration route in the past.
The official said it was not yet clear whether the militants were part of infiltrating group. “That is a matter of investigation. We can comment on it only after the operation is over,” he added.
An Army Oil Depot reportedly caught fire. A massive combing and search operation has also begun. There are about 80 soldiers in the base.
Separately, the Army today busted a major terror hideout and recovered several improvised explosive devices (IED) and ammunition from Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.
The joint operation was conducted yesterday evening by the Rashtriya Rifles battalion, Territorial Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Meanwhile, the Army has also been engaged in a search operation to flush out hiding terrorists from the Rajwar forests in Handwara and so far three security personnel have been injured, including a Lieutenant-Colonel and two jawans.
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