Twin terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir: Army officer among 10 killed; three terrorists gunned down Deccan Chronicle, September 26, 2013 (thanks to Vijay)
Jammu: Dressed in Army uniform, Militants stormed a police station and then an army camp in Jammu region killing 10 people including an army officer in twin suicide attacks after they sneaked in from across the border early on Thursday, barely three days ahead of a meeting between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan.
The three heavily armed militants, believed to be from banned Pakistan-based terror group LeT and who were holed up in the camp of the cavalry armoured unit at Samba for several hours after they barged into the Officers mess, have been killed during a fierce gunfight, Army officials said in Delhi. Attacks won't derail peace talks with Pak: PMThe bodies of the three terrorists aged between 16 and 19 are in the custody of the Army, they said.
In the worst terror attack on a security establishment in Jammu region in 10 years, six people including four policemen were killed in the strike on Hiranagar police station in Kathua close to the International Border by the militants while three army personnel including a Lieutenant Colonel died in the attack in Samba, officials said.
"As per preliminary information, the four terrorists came from across the border," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters in Delhi.
Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh, the second-in-command of the unit stationed at the camp, was among the three slain Army personnel.
A lesser-known militant outfit 'Shohada Brigade' claimed responsibility for the attack.
"We carried out the attacks in Kathua and Samba in Jammu region," a person who identified himself as Sami-ul-Haq, the spokesperson of the outfit, told the media on phone. He claimed they were locals.
J and K DGP Ashok Prasad said the militants had boarded an auto at gun point from Hariya Chuk graveyard in village Jhandi, barely one km from the International Border(IB), and asked the driver Roshan Lal to take the vehicle to an Army camp at Hiranagar. Unable to locate the camp, the militants hurled grenades and stormed the police station at 6.45 AM where they killed a sentry at the gate and then an ASI Ratan Singh and a Special Police Officer. A constable, who was resting on the second floor of the police station, was also gunned down in the indiscriminate firing, Police said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are due to meet in New York on September 29 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The auto driver, who managed to escape after dropping the militants at the police station, informed the police that the terrorists had also gunned down a PCO owner Suresh before hijacking a tempo truck which had been seized by the police the previous night. The tempo driver was asked to be taken to a nearby Army camp at Samba while the cleaner Mohammed Feroz, a resident of Kashmir Valley, was shot dead.
The truck was stopped outside the Army camp at Samba and the militants then opened indiscriminate firing on 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 troops geared up and retaliated resulting in fierce gunbattle which was still on. Army moved in crack commandos and quick action teams inside the camp where TV footages showed tanks moving inside in the hunt for the militants.
At the army camp, gunshots were heard from inside the walled compound. Two officers were seen running out carrying an injured man over their shoulder. "I was inside the dhaba (a roadside eatery) when I saw three men entering the camp firing a barrage of bullets. They opened the gates and entered," an unidentified man told TV channels.
The traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot highway near the area of the attack at the police station was briefly suspended.
The attack seen by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as an attempt to derail the talks between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan came a day after Manmohan Singh left for the US. BJP has demanded that the talks be cancelled.