Three army personnel among 7 killed in Jammu encounter
JAMMU: Three army personnel and as many militants were
among seven killed in a fierce gun battle that broke out today between security
forces and militants who had sneaked into Arnia border sector along
international border in Jammu district.
One civilian was also killed and two others were
injured in the fresh bloodletting that came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s visit to Jammu region tomorrow for Assembly poll campaign.
Elsewhere, army troops foiled an infiltration bid
along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district and arrested a suspected
armed militant. “Three army personnel and as many militants have been killed in
the attack in Arnia sector in Jammu,” an Army source in New Delhi said.
“As per initial reports from the area, a group of
militants numbering between two to four infiltrated from Arnia belt of Jammu
district and resorted to firing," a police officer told PTI, adding the
security grid of Army, BSF and Police swung into action and launched a cordon
and search for the militants this morning.
Army sources said the militants occupied a vacant
bunker of Army's 92 infantry brigade in Pindi Khattar belt of Arnia border
sector of Jammu district. A fierce encounter broke out between hiding militants
and security forces in which three militants were reported to have been killed,
they said. The encounter was on when the reports last came in from the area.
A car has also been seized in the area which might
have been used by the militants. A senior District administration official told
PTI that the deceased civilian has been identified as Sunil Sabarwal.