The terrorists who carried out the attack on the Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir were dressed in military fatigues. The terrorists of the Afzal Guru squad of the Jaish-e-Mohammad broke every rule in the book and attacked both women and children.
The injured included five women and children. Havaldar Mohammad Ashraf Mir and JCO Madan Lal Choudhary were martyred in the attack. The operations had slowed down due to the presence of women and children. Defence spokesperson, Col N N Joshi said that the operations were being progressed cautiously to minimise casualties.
The terrorists dressed in combat fatigues had taken a strategic position in the housing area of the camp. On Saturday they engaged with the security forces. IGP Jammu Zone SD Singh Jamwal said around 4.50-4.55am, a group of terrorists barged into the camp, just 8 km from the J&K legislative assembly building. He said the exact number of terrorists is not ascertained yet. Sources said five to six terrorists may have entered the camp through an open culvert. On noticing suspicious movement, the guard on duty opened fire, the IGP said.
The families were taken by surprise as they heard gun shots in the wee hours of Saturday. Most of them were sleeping when the terrorists decided to strike. They positioned themselves strategically and took advantage of the fact that there were several families in the complex. For the forces the job was twice as tough as they had to secure the unarmed members in the complex.