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PHOTOS: Terrorists go on bloody rampage near Jammu

Last updated on: March 28, 2014 22:03 IST

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In daring twin attacks, suspected Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists in combat uniform struck terror on the outskirts of Jammu in Kathua district and killed a civilian and a soldier guarding an army camp gate, leaving three others injured. All the three terrorists were also killed.

“The gunfight ended on Friday evening after the three terrorists were killed. It was a joint operation of the army and defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta told this correspondent on Friday evening. In the first attack, three heavily-armed terrorists killed one civilian and injured three others and the same group which was later intercepted by army personnel killed one army jawan.

According to information being collected by various security agencies, a 'Bolero' SUV was intercepted by three men near a bridge in Hiranagar area and all the occupants were asked to line up.

With inputs from Mukhtar Ahmad

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Image: Soldiers engage in a gun-battle with suspected LeT terrorists at Katha near Jammu on Friday
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After separating 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 told the police that the only word uttered by the terrorists was "utro" (get down) and after which the driver was separated from the passengers who were fired upon.

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.

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Image: Terrorists go on bloody rampage near Jammu Soldiers engage in a gun-battle with suspected LeT terrorists at Katha near Jammu on Friday
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The terrorists were later intercepted near an army camp and engaged in gun fight. In the ensuing encounter, Lance Naik V Anthony, who was guarding the rear gate of 111 Rocket regiment, was killed while another jawan was injured.

The body of the driver killed by the terrorists was also recovered later from the area.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Ashok Prasad told PTI that immediately after the police control room was informed at 4:47 am, all check posts and security establishments were alerted.      

Despite bad weather, helicopters were pressed into service to locate the vehicle which was finally spotted in a nallah (seasonal canal) outside 111 Rocket division in Kathua, he said.

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Image: Soldiers engaging in an encounter with suspected LeT terrorists at Katha near Jammu on Friday
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The higher ups of the army formation had been already informed and that's why the terrorists could not even approach the main gate of the army camp as an alert guard had engaged them in fire fighting.

The terrorists may have entered through Tarlah Nallah to carry out a suicide attack ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, police said.

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.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned "the heinous act of terrorists killing one civilian and injuring three." The chief minister said, "Such barbarian act of terrorists amply expose their anti-human face."

 


Image: Soldiers engage in a gun-battle with suspected LeT terrorists at Katha near Jammu on Friday
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