27/04/2017 7:09 PM IST | Updated 27/04/2017 7:11 PM IST

A Third AK 47, And A Terrorist On The Run, The Army Continues To Grapple With This Morning's Attack On Its Camp

Three soldiers were killed in the attack.

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The Indian Army on Thursday said a search operation for the third terrorist is on and has assured to find him soon in Kupwara's Panzgam area.

Earlier in the day, a massive gun-battle was witnessed when three terrorists broke into an army camp in Kupwara. Two of them were killed and three army personnel lost their lives in the gun battle that ensued.

The army said that initially they thought there were only two terrorists but when they discovered the third AK 47, they realise there was another who had managed to flee.

"Two terrorists who were killed earlier in the day, their identities and search operations are in progress. Only after recovering one additional AK-47, that indicates the presence of a third terrorist with them, who is absconding," added the army.

"Search operation for the third terrorist is on. The identity of the terrorist is being ascertained, the material found points likely towards foreign terrorists," the army told ANI.

Around 4.40 in the morning, the terrorists entered the Kupwara Army camp from the rear side of the firing range. They had also cut the fence and reached the officer complex area, sources said.

The fencing has two layers with a gap of 50 to 75 m between them.

Within minutes, however both the terrorists were neutralised by a quick reaction team, while one managed to escape.

There are total nine units in the area and the camp includes artillery and infantry units. The area of the camp is around 600 and 400 meters and is only 10 Kms away from the Line of Control.

The arms and ammunition recovered were, three AK 47, nine magazines, one Chinese pistol, hand grenades, mapping sheet, two GPRS equipment and one smart phone.

All three were wearing black 'pathan' suit and half combat jacket.

Seven army soldiers were injured, six are in Srinagar and one is being treated in Kupwara itself. According to reports one of them is in a critical condition.

The political fraternity has come together in condemning the attack and also paying their tributes to the slain soldiers.

With inputs from ANI

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