8 killed in militant attack in Jammu

PTI Jammu | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 26, 2013

In a twin terror attack, three heavily armed militants dressed in Army fatigues today stormed a police station and an Army camp in Jammu region killing eight people including a Lieutenant Colonel, casting a shadow on the upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Four policemen were among the five killed in the audacious ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on the Hiranagar police station in Kathua, while three Army personnel, including Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh, died in a similar strike shortly afterwards on the Army camp at nearby Samba, officials said.

A Colonel-level Commanding Officer of the unit was among the three injured in the attack at the Army camp where a 16 Cavalry formation is stationed.

According to police, the three militants first barged into the police station near Jammu-Pathankot National Highway around 6.45 a.m. and indiscriminately fired after hurling a grenade.

Four policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were killed and another ASI was injured in the attack that also left a civilian dead, DIG Shakeel Baig said.

The militants later hijacked a tempo truck on the highway, boarded it and forced its driver to move towards Jammu, the police said.

The truck was stopped outside the army camp at Samba and the militants opened indiscriminate firing on the jawans deployed at its security gate before they stormed the premises.

They barged into the Army mess where they resorted to heavy indiscriminate firing as the troops geared up and retaliated resulting in fierce gunbattle which was still on.

Senior Army officials said three army personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were killed and three others including the Commanding Officer of the unit were injured.

The Army has moved in crack commandos and quick action teams inside the camp.

The attack came a day after the Prime Minister left for the US where he is scheduled to meet Sharif on Sunday for talks which have been opposed by BJP. Today’s attack is seen as a bid to derail the meeting from across the border.

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Published on September 26, 2013
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