Two officers and five soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred in a terrorist attack on an Army unit in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota on Tuesday. Army personnel killed three terrorists and rescued two women, two children and 12 soldiers who had been trapped in a hostage-like situation.

The Army also said the hostage-like situation at the camp was over and that 12 soldiers, two women, and two children have been freed. An officer and two jawans were killed in the rescue attempt.

 “The terrorists entered two buildings which were occupied by Officers, families and men. This led to a hostage-like situation. The situation was very quickly contained,”
-a Defense statement said.
The attack took place early on Tuesday+ , when heavily armed terrorists disguised as policemen attacked an Army unit posted close to the Corps Headquarters in Nagrota, which is less than 15 km away from Jammu. They stormed into the officers’ mess after throwing grenades. In the initial counteraction, one officer, and three soldiers were killed, the Army’s Northern Command said in a statement.
“The wives of the two army officers, who were on night duty when the encounter broke out, displayed exemplary courage as they blocked the entry of their quarters with all the household items, making it difficult for the terrorists to break into the houses,”
-an army officer privy to the encounter told news agency PTI.
“The terrorists entered two buildings which were occupied by officers, families, and men. This led to a hostage-like situation. The situation was very quickly contained and thereafter, in a deliberate operation all were successfully rescued, which included 12 soldiers, two women and two babies,”
-Defense spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

The two babies rescued are 18 months and two months old, the officer said. However, in the rescue attempt one officer and two jawans sacrificed their lives, the spokesman said.

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