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Jaish-e-Mohammed behind Jammu terror attack: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Jaish-e-Mohammed behind Jammu terror attack: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

 Feb 12, 2018

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that Sunjuwan Military Station terror attack here was sponsored by the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar Masood.

The minister was in Jammu to take stock of the situation at the Sunjuwan Army camp.

The operation was called off on Monday morning after the three attackers were killed. A fourth one, she said, may have been a guide and didn't enter the military base.- She said.

Militants who killed five soldiers and a civilian at an Army camp in Jammu were Pakistanis and warned that Pakistan will pay a price for the terror attack. Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure. The deaths of "our soldiers won't go in vain, Sitharaman told reporters here.

Sitharaman said the three militants were all Pakistanis and were handled by their Jaish-e-Muhammad leaders across the border. "The demography of the cantonment and the adjoining area indicates the possibility of local support to the terrorists."

The Minister asserted that evidence related to Jaish's involvement in the terror attack would be shared with Pakistan. "Giving evidence to Pakistan is a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible."

She said giving evidence to Pakistan would not prevent the Indian Army from responding "appropriately and at a time we deem fit".

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