NEW DELHI: Pakistan "will pay" for an attack on an army base in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) that killed nine including five soldiers and a civilian, India´s defence minister said Monday. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who visited the injured in hospital, said that counter-terror operations at the camp had been called offon Monday. "Our intelligence inputs indicate that these terrorists were being controlled by their handlers from across the border," she told reporters. "Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror... resorting to ceasefire violations (on the border) to assist infiltration. Pakistan will pay for this misadventure," she said.
Sitharaman also corrected the earlier death toll given by police, who said ten including four attackers had been killed in the attack. "The terrorists have been eliminated although there was information of four terrorists in the area... likely that the fourth (attacker) was a guide and didn´t enter the premises," the minister said, putting the overall toll at nine.
A firefight erupted Saturday when heavily armed militants stormed the base in Jammu. The intruders took positions inside a residential complex meant for soldiers´ families as the army launched a counter-offensive to drive them out.
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 frontier with Pakistan.