Indian Army JCO injured and one killed in an attack on Army Check post in Northern Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: Alarm bells rang for security agencies on Wednesday, as three militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) attacked an Army camp at Tangdhar in Kupwara district and were killed in the ensuing gunfight. A civilian also died. The attack comes almost a year after a similar attack in Uri left 17 dead. JeM spokesman Muhammad Hasan Shah said the militants stormed the Tangdhar camp, 110 km north of Srinagar, immediately after the morning prayers at 7 a.m. “All the three militants were neutralised. They did not manage to enter the camp. Three AK-47s were recovered,” Army spokesman Colonel Manish Kumar, A civilian, Tanveer Ahmad, working for the military engineering services, was killed. A Junior Commissioned Officer was admitted to hospital with injuries. Kupwara Superintendent of Police Ejaz Ahmad said the militants “seemed to be fresh infiltrators” even as many mountain passes in the area were covered with snow and a foggy weather prevailed for the past several days. The JeM was wiped out in the north and south Kashmir after Adil Pathan and Chota Burmi were killed in Awantipora in October this year. The fresh attack points to the group’s attempt to stage a comeback. Sources said the security agencies were worried that the JeM wanted to tap into the growing alienation in the valley, with many youths joining the Hizbul Mujahideen . Reference: The Hindu

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