In poll season, Pak terrorists strike in Jammu, all 3 killed

All the three terrorists were killed in fierce gunbattle in a joint operation carried out by the police and the army in Kathua district that lasted nearly 10 hours.

A lesser-known ‘Al Shohada Brigade’, a shadow outfit of LeT, on Friday claimed responsibility for the twin attacks.

A ‘spokesperson’ of the outfit called some of the news organisations in Srinagar and claimed responsibility for the attacks that also left four injured.

In a pre-dawn strike, three terrorists, who are believed to have sneaked through Tarlah nallah (canal) from the international border during the night, stopped a jeep carrying pilgrims to Gurdaspur in Punjab near a bridge in Hiranagar.

The terrorists, dressed in army fatigues, ordered the five occupants to alight from the vehicle and after separating the driver, Taraseem Singh, opened fire at them in which a passenger, Ajit Ram, was killed while three others injured – Kamaljeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Santokh Singh – were being treated in hospital.

All the three terrorists were killed near the army camp which houses 111 ‘Rocket Regiment’, one of the mainstay of the army in the area.

The area where the encounter took place is 12 kms from border and 100 kms from Jammu city, winter capital of the state. The same route was used by terrorists to enter the state on September 26 last year in which 12 people including Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh was killed.

One Army man identified as Lance Naik V Anthony was killed in the gunfight with militants who also hurled grenades at the army positions. Another soldier was injured.

‘We have killed all the three militants in the day long operation and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from them. The operation has been concluded’, inspector general of police (Jammu) Rajesh Kumar told reporters here.
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