Two Indian Soldiers Killed In Attack On Military Base

Indian soldiers take positions outside the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu on February 10, 2018, following an attack by militants. Two people were injured after a group of Kashmiri militants attacked the Indian army station early February 10, Indian media reported, with operations underway to clear the base. PHOTO: Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

 

Two Indian soldiers were killed Saturday in an ongoing gunfight after suspected militants attacked a military base in the Jammu region of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.

The pre-dawn attack left six others injured, including a girl, after heavily armed militants stormed Sunjuwan Army camp near Jammu, the second largest city in the disputed Himalayan region close to the border with Pakistan.

“Two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) have been killed and six others injured in Jammu militant attack,” a senior minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told lawmakers inside the state’s parliament.

Jammu’s regional police chief S.D. Singh said the attack kicked off around 4:55 am (2325 GMT Friday) when guards came under a hail of bullets near the base’s boundary wall.

“The attackers later entered the camp and they have been cornered in one of the family quarters,” Singh told AFP.

Police chief S.P. Vaid told AFP that one of the injured was the daughter of an army officer.

There was no immediate confirmation on the number of attackers or the group they belong to.

Hindu-majority Jammu, located in the foothills of the mountainous region, is relatively peaceful but has repeatedly seen militant assaults on military bases close to the state’s border with Pakistan.

Seven soldiers were killed in a similar attack in Jammu after suspected Pakistani militants in police uniforms stormed a major army base in November 2016.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region.

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in an armed insurgency that erupted in 1989.

Rebel groups have for years fought the roughly half a million Indian soldiers deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.

AFP

Suspected Militants Attack Shell Affiliated Pipeline In Delta

Niger Delta Avengers, militant group, ShellReports say suspected militants have blown up an oil pipeline operated by Shell around the village of Odimodi in Delta State.

This attack comes as the Federal Government confirmed that it is holding talks with representatives of various militant groups in the Niger Delta, aimed at resolving the agitations of marginalisation and environmental degradation of the area.

According to some residents who spoke with Reuters, the latest explosion at the Trans Ramos pipeline occurred early on Sunday morning, shaking nearby homes and creating a “ball of fire”.

In a statement obtained by Reuters, shell says it is “investigating the reported incident”, adding that the Trans Ramos pipeline (TRP) transports oil to Forcados terminal and has been shut since the leak on the Forcados export line in February.

Nigeria’s crude oil production has been cut to less than two million barrels per day as a result of the continued attacks, especially by the Niger Delta Avengers, which claimed it is not part of the dialogue with the Federal Government.

Ogun Police Parade Three Suspected Militants

police parade, Suspected MilitantsThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded three suspected militants alleged to have participated in the series of attacks on riverine communities in Arepo, Ogijo and Warewa.

Several lives were recently lost during series of attacks and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarter in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists that modalities were being put in place by the Command to commence aerial patrol of vulnerable communities.

He said that the modalities would especially affect riverine communities where activities of vandals and militants are being currently felt.

The CP also lamented that the rate of cultism, especially among the youths in the Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo and Ijebu Ode areas of the state was worrisome.

The Police also paraded other suspects for various offences ranging from cultism, murder, kidnapping and impersonation.

Some of the suspects confessed to the crimes they were being paraded for.