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Militants storm Army Bunker Near Jammu, 7 Killed

Arnia, Jammu, Nov 27: A group of four or five terrorists stormed an abandoned army bunker near Arnia in the Jammu region near the border that resulted in exchanging fire. Seven including three militants, three civilians and a jawan were killed in the ambush.

Eight terrorists reportedly crossed from Pakistan this morning into India near Arnia in the Jammu region, just four kms from the border. They attacked this morning at 8 am. The fight between the army and militants continued several hours. The encounter is still underway to nab other militants.

"They are a group of four to six militants now firing from inside the bunker," local deputy inspector general of police Shakeel Beig told news agency AFP.

The Border Security Force (BSF) had cordoned off the area after the villagers reported the movement of militants in Arnia Sector.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government is keeping an eye on the encounter in Arnia Sector.

"We have the information; we are keeping an eye on the situation," said Singh.

The attack comes during Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif at SAARC summit in Kathmandu in Nepal. Yesterday, Sharif had stalled the summit by objecting to the key proposals initiated by India and it headed for failure with no agreement signed.

The attack could be considered as a threat to India ahead of PM Modi's visit to Udhampur, which is near Arnia, on Friday when he is scheduled to address rallies for the state election.

The attack was also carried out with an aim to disrupt the Voting, which is being held over five days; the first phase - on Tuesday - saw a record voter turnout of nearly 72%.

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