Fourth attack on military establishment in 15 years

Fourth attack  on military establishment in 15 years

The suicidal terror strike on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot is the fourth major attack on vital installations of the Indian military establishment in the last 15 years.

It follows previous strikes at Army’s 15 Corps headquarters in Srinagar in 1999, the Kaluchak massacre in 2002 and the strike on a cavalry unit in Samba in 2013.

The most audacious one was at the Army establishment in Badamai Bag cantonment in the heart of Srinagar city.

 Four militants stormed inside the protected area to kill six security personnel including the defence Public Relation Officer Maj P Purushottam and three of his staffs.

After entering the PRO’s office in the evening, they hurled grenades and fired indiscriminately, killing six staff members of the office, including Major Purushottam.

In May 2012, came the Kaluchak massacre where three terrorists indiscriminately opened fire inside Army family barracks killing 31 including three army personnel, 18 army family members and 10 civilians.

 Also there were 47 wounded including 12 army personnel, 20 army family members and 15 civilians. The dead included 10 children.

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