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Militants walked from across border, says Omar Abdullah

Militants walked from across border, says Omar Abdullah
Asking them to learn lessons from previous incidents, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the Border Security Force (BSF) should try to plug holes in the International Border (IB) as militants were “repeatedly” using routes like nullahs or riverine areas to carry out attacks.

“I urge the Centre and state governments learn some lessons from the previous attacks. The infiltrating militants are repeatedly using these routes (via nallahs and riverine areas along International Border)”, Abdullah said.

“They (BSF) could not rectify this weakness (in the anti-infiltration obstacle setup along IB),” he alleged.

“Now, the central government is in power for the last seven months, they should do something to stop such they used to blame us in the past.”

He said, “When such attacks took place during my rule, we had asked the BSF to block the riverine and nallah along the IB (International Border) so that infiltration is put to stop. The infiltrators are using nallah along the border. Some places you have fencing and at some you have installed lighting system, but these nallah are open.”

A policeman was among two persons killed and nine others injured, including seven CRPF men, when a group of militants of a ‘fidayeen’ squad dressed in Army fatigues stormed a police station in Kathua district of the state in the wee hours on Friday.

“I can say with confidence that once the probe of this encounter takes place, you will find that these militants might have come this morning only and during the night they might have infiltrated. They found first target Kathua Police station and they attacked it”, the former J&K Chief Minister said.

“I pay respects to those brave soldiers who laid down their lives”, he said. “I condemn it. These type of attacks have taken in the past also and the route has been repeatedly being used by them”, he said. “My thoughts are with those brave security personnel dealing with the fidayeen attack in Kathua town of Jammu this morning,” he said.
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