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Jammu militant attack: 2 militants, trooper slain; 9 forces personnel injured

Two militants and armed forces personnel were killed in a pre-dawn gunfight near an Army camp on the outskirts of Jammu on Friday, officials said, two days ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Samba district.

Nine security personnel were also injured in the operation in the Sunjwan area, they said.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Mukesh Singh said a major fidayeen (suicide) attack in Jammu has been averted with the death of the two heavily armed militants.

Earlier, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials said a bus carrying 15 personnel for their morning shift came under attack at 4.25 am near the Chaddha camp in Sunjwan.

A senior official of the paramilitary force said the militants fired at the bus and lobbed grenades, killing Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) S P Patil and injuring two other occupants.

The force retaliated effectively, the officer said.

In the counteroperation, a militant was also killed, the CISF officer said.

Later in a tweet, the CISF said its personnel was attacked by militants while going for an ongoing cordon and search operation.

According to the police, the gunfight began when militants opened fire on the search party.

“Two militants were killed… They were carrying a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, which suggests that they were planning a fidayeen attack which was averted,” the ADGP told reporters.

Two AK-47 rifles, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher, and a satellite phone were also recovered from them, he said.

He said the search operation is still on to clear the entire area.

Singh said it is a matter of investigation what exactly was the target of the militants and if they had recently infiltrated from across the border.

“The clear picture, including the identity and group affiliation of the slain, will emerge after a thorough investigation,” he said.

The officials said the slain are believed to be members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit.

They said nine security personnel, including two policemen, were injured in the gunfight. A CISF personnel and police personnel sustained grievous injuries.

As the CISF troops retaliated, the militants fled and entered the house of Mahommed Anwar, the officials said.

The forces zeroed in on the house and killed one of the militants while he was moving towards the bathroom, where his associate had taken shelter, they said.

Efforts to track the second militant took longer. He was killed in heavy gunfire and grenade hits, they added.

Mobile internet services were suspended and schools in the vicinity of the encounter site were closed for the day as a precautionary measure, according to the officials.

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