Nov 30: The intelligence services had warned of an attack in Jammu before the strike on Tuesday. Intelligence agencies had Information of a Lakshar-e-Taiba cell in the Valley which was planning attack on the XVI Corps headquarters in Nagrota. Atleast 10 days ago, the intelligent services had warned of a high-value military target in Jammu.
Reportedly, the cell operating in the valley was not responsible for the attack, however their help seems to have been involved in it.The question here arises without a proper guide who knows the geography correctly, how did they managed to get through the route to Nagrota. While there are various conclusions which explains different ways in which they could have entered the Nagrota complex. (ALSO READ- Nagrota terror attack: 7 Indian Army personnel killed, 3 terrorists eliminated; hostage situation contained)
Meanwhile, The Indian Express quoted a top military officer who said that terrorists were familiar with the Nagrota camp and could have asked civilians for more details. Locals of the region woke upto sounds of gun shots. They thought it to be routine practice session by the Army, but the firing intensified, making it clear that there were terrorists in the area. (ALSO READ- Nagrota attack is Pakistan army chief’s message to India: R K Singh)
Residents of the area said that they never saw or heard such an attack in the past. Militants in police uniform today opened fire at army artillery unit in Nagrota, killing seven Army personnel, including, and leaving several others injured. Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps. The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway had been closed for traffic in the area following the attack.The district administration had also closed all schools in Nagorta tehsil as a precautionary measure. (ALSO READ- Nagrota terror attack: Bravery of officers’ wives averts hostage crisis)
Meanwhile, former Home Secretary R K Singh said that the terror attack at Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir today is a “message” sent by Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to India. He also said, “We need to take note of the fact that this is the (Pakistan) new Army chief sending a message. His policy will be same as followed by the predecessor…We (also) need to send across a message to him.”