India's defense minister says gunmen belonging to the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed were behind a weekend attack on an army camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir and warned Islamabad that it "would pay for this misadventure". "Intelligence inputs show that terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across border.Evidence being scrutinised by NIA".
Addressing a press briefing regarding the Sunjwan base attack and combing operation conducted by the Indian Army, the Defence Minister repeatedly said: "Pakistan will have to pay for the misadventure".
Pakistan will pay for Sunjawan army camp attack: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
The attack killed five soldiers and one civilian. Three terrorists were also gunned down.
India blamed Pakistan and in response said it had launched "surgical strikes" across the LoC to target fighters based on the Pakistani side.More news: The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Slips Lower Pre-Market
The Defence Minister while visiting victims in the Military Hospital in Jammu said her heart went out to the courageous soldiers who sacrifice so much for the safety of the nation.
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She said democracy and dissent are the biggest strengths of the country the reflection of which is being witnessed in the two Houses of the State Legislature, adding, "it would be a tribute to the people that maximum issues of public importance are raised in the Legislature for redressal". "The demography of the cantonment and adjoining areas indicate the possibility of local support to the terrorists and an alert had been sounded on the likelihood of an attack by the terrorists around this period", she said. She said that the forces have completed their operation, but sanitization of the premises is still underway.
"Six fatal casualties, including a civilian, were caused by the terrorists due to their firing on unarmed service personnel and their dependents during the initial seizing of the residential quarters in an attempt to gain forceful entry into the family quarters", she said.More news: GM to Close a South Korean Plant in May
"Four dead bodies of terrorists wearing army combat dress and was heavily armed".