6 die in J&K terrorist attack

6 die in J&K terrorist attack

Three unidentified militants, two civilians and an army personnel were killed while six people, including two troopers, were injured when terrorists disguised as army troopers created havoc in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district on Friday.

Reports said at around 5 am, three to four heavily armed militants in army fatigues stopped a Bolero (SUV) in Dayal-Chak area of Kathua, on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway, 55 km from Jammu, and killed one of its passengers and injured three others before driving the vehicle away.

The fleeing militants were intercepted by troops after a two-hour chase near an army artillery camp, 20 km away in Kathua and a private college in Kalibari-Janglote belt of the district, triggering a heavy exchange of fire.

Three unidentified terrorists and a Lance Naik of 111 Rocket Regiment were killed in the encounter while three other troopers were injured, sources said.

The police confirmed that three unidentified militants, two civilians who are from Jammu and Kashmir and an armyman were killed. “The firing has stopped but the searches are on,” he said and added militants had attempted to barge into an army camp but were fired at by the sentries.

Soon after the attack, security was beefed up on Jammu- Pathankot highway while all the schools and colleges were closed as a precautionary measure. Security was also beefed up in capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

According to unconfirmed reports, the vehicle was intercepted by three men near a bridge in Hiranagar area and all the occupants were asked to line up.

After separating the driver of the vehicle, Taraseem Singh, the terrorists sprayed bullets on other passengers and fled in the vehicle. This left one person Ajit Ram, a resident of Vijaypur in Jammu, dead and three others injured.

One of the injured reportedly told the police that the only word uttered by the terrorists was “get down”.

The three – Kamaljeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Santokh Singh — were being treated in hospital. They were on their way to Gurdaspur in Punjab from Jammu after attending a religious camp.

The fate of the driver was still not known and the police believe that he too could have been killed by the terrorists.

Dayala Chak, 55 km from Jammu, falls under the jurisdiction of the Hira Nagar police station, which was attacked on September 26, 2013 by militants.

Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed out at the Congress for following ‘appeasement policy’ towards Pakistan and separatists in Kashmir.

BJP candidate for Udhampur parliamentary constituency Jitendra Singh told reporters that the attack was an act of anti-national forces who were frustrated by grand success of Narendra Modi’s rally at Hiranagar on Wednesday.

Singh also flayed the government for allowing unchecked sale of army uniforms which were used by the militants in Friday’s attack.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah  unequivocally condemned the attack on Twitter.

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