From Pathankot To Pulwama: List Of Deadliest Indian Military Camp Attacks

Story Highlights
  • The Pathankot attack in 2016 was one of the first major attacks on an Indian military camp by militants.
  • The Pulwama attack in 2019 was a suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF soldiers, making it one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent years.

On Wednesday morning, shots were fired at the Bathinda military station in Punjab, killing four people. It was called a “fratricidal incident” by the state police.

In light of the most recent attack, Onmanorama looks back at some of the biggest ones on army camps over the past few years.

2016 Pathankot

On January 2, 2016, a group of Islamic militants with a lot of weapons struck the Pathankot Air Force Station, which is part of the Indian Air Force’s Western Air Command. In the attacks and gun battles that followed until January 5, four attackers, seven security officers, and one civilian were killed.

The attack was blamed on the militant group United Jihad Council, which is based in Kashmir. However, the killers were thought to be from the Pakistani group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

2016 Uri

On September 18, 2016, four Jaish-e-Mohammed rebels attacked an Indian Army brigade headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir, near the town of Uri. During the attack, 19 soldiers were killed and about 50 were hurt.

2017 Kupwara

On April 27, 2017, three terrorists with a lot of weapons attacked an Indian Army camp near Chowkibal in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. They killed three troops, including a captain, and hurt seven others after getting inside the camp’s walls.

In the army’s move to get back at JeM, the militants who were behind the attack were killed.

2018 Sunjuwan

On February 10, 2018, three terrorists from the group JeM struck a camp of the Indian Army in Sunjuwan, Jammu. Six soldiers, three attackers, and a civilian died in the event, and 20 other people were hurt. After fighting with the military for more than 24 hours, all of the terrorists were killed. The event happened on the same day that it had been a year since Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, died.

2019 Pulwama

On February 14, 2019, a suicide bomber in a car struck a group of vehicles carrying CRPF soldiers on the Jammu–Srinagar National Highway at Lethapora in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Forty CRPF soldiers were killed in the attack. Adil Ahmad Dar, a young Kashmiri man from Pulwama, started the attack by setting off a suicide bomb in his car. Jaish-e-Mohammed also claimed that they were behind the attack.

2022 Rajouri

On August 11, 2022, an attack on an army camp in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, happened before dawn. Four troops were killed and one was hurt. Two terrorists who tried to climb over a fence to get into an army camp were shot and killed.

The cops said that the attack was done by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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