Three suspected Pakistani militants stormed an army base in the Jammu region of Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, killing seven Indian security personnel, the army said.
All three “suicide attackers” who entered the Nagrota base camp in the early morning were killed following a fierce gunfight that lasted more than 14 hours, Indian Army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said in a statement issued late Tuesday.
The Nagrota Army Base, which houses the headquarters of the 16 Corps unit, is about 12 miles from the Pakistani border.
The attackers, whose identities have not been determined, forced their way into the fortified army installation after firing weapons and lobbing grenades, the army said.
“One [army] officer and three soldiers were killed in the initial hours of [the] firefight,” Mehta said, adding that the assailants subsequently made their way into the base’s residential wing and took 16 people, including women and children, hostage.
“At least a dozen soldiers, two women and two children were rescued from [the] family quarters by the army while the terrorists continued firing intermittently. In that rescue operation, another officer and two soldiers lost their lives,” Mehta said.
The bodies of the three slain attackers have been recovered and a combing operation was suspended until daybreak, a top police official told BenarNews.
“The combing operation will resume tomorrow to clear the area of any stray explosives,” Kashmir Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said.
“At this moment it is difficult to say anything about the identity of the attackers, but it appears they were Pakistani nationals,” he said.
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