At least eight security personnel including seven soldiers and a police cop were killed and three others injured when unknown miscreants attacked an army camp here in Gujrat on early Monday morning.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), unidentified militants at 5:30am stormed an army camp established near River Chenab in Gujrat.

As a result firing by miscreants, six troops and a policeman were killed on the spot while three sustained wounds. The militants had also planted a time device at the camp which exploded with a big bang but no further losses were reported.

The attackers managed to flee from the scene after the incident.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Gujranwala for medical aid where another troop succumbed to his wound raising the death toll to eight.

After the unfortunate incident, police parties were rushed to the scene and issued strict instructions to search for the attackers.

It should be mentioned that the said army camp was established one month earlier to search an army major who went missing during a helicopter crash in the area.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has strongly condemned the incident of target killing at Chenab Bridge in which seven Army men and one police official were martyred by the firing of terrorists.

The Prime Minister said that these cowardly acts of terrorism would not weaken the resolve of the government to defeat the forces of terrorism and extremism.

He said that government was determined to defeat the scourge of terrorism no matter how many sacrifices it had to render for this purpose. He expressed his deepest condolences with the bereaved families.