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Lashkar-E-Taiba Claims Responsibility For Sunjuwan Terror Attack On Jammu Army Camp

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| February 12 , 2018 , 15:18 IST

The death toll in the terrorist attack on the army camp in Sunjuwan town of Jammu reached 9 after a two-day operation ended on Sunday, with the fatalities consisting of 5 army personnel, 1 civilian and 3 terrorists.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group on Monday claimed responsibility for the Sunjuwan terrorist attack. 

The terrorists launched a pre-dawn strike on Saturday at the camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in Sunjuwan. Two Army personnel were killed on Saturday, namely JCO Madan Lal Chaudhary and Subadar Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and 2 JeM terrorists were killed, while 9 others, including civilians, were injured.

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The gun-battle entered its second day on Sunday during which 3 jawans were killed, namely Havildar Habibullah Qureshi, Naik Manzoor Ahmad and Lance Naik Mohd Iqbal, 1 civilian was killed and 1 terrorist eliminated.

"During the operation, the Army killed three terrorists, donning Army combat dress and carrying AK-56 assault rifles, a large quantity of ammunition and hand grenades. The terrorists were holed up inside the family quarters in the camp," defence spokesman Lt Col Devendra Anand said.

Although the firing ended around 2 AM on Sunday, search and cordon operations took time due to the large area of the of Army camp.

"A search of the belongings of terrorists suggested that they belonged to JeM. Operations carried out with caution to safeguard unarmed soldiers, women and children in the family quarters in the camp. Most of the over 150 houses in the camp were cleared and occupants moved to safety," the spokesperson added.