Jammu, Nov 30: Security forces on Wednesday resumed combing operation in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir to search one the terrorists who attacked army camp yesterday. A member of the terror group that attacked military base in Nagrota is believed to be hiding in the area. The army is carrying out extensive search operation to nab the militant. The army gunned down three terrorists yesterday. Two officers and five jawans were also killed during the encounter. Indian Army Chief of Staff General Dalbir Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the deadly terrorist attack on an army artillery unit in Nagrota.

Heavily armed terrorists stormed a military base, near the headquarters of the Indian Army’s 16th Corps in Nagrota, triggering a fierce gunbattle with security forces. At one stage, the gunmen at the army base in the garrison town of Nagrota, also took 12 soldiers, two women and two children hostage. However, all the hostages have been rescued.

The terrorists forced their entry into the Officers Mess complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries, the Army said in a statement. In the initial counter action, one officer and three soldiers lost their lives. Following which, the terrorists entered two building which were occupied by families, Officers and men. One more officer and two jawans lost their lives during the rescue operation, bringing the total death toll to seven.

It was the highest casualty the Indian Army suffered in a single terror attack after the September 18 killing of 19 soldiers at a military base in the Uri border town in the Kashmir Valley. Three more militants died in a shootout with security forces near the International Border with Pakistan in Samba.