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6 militants storm Ayodhya, killed

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | July 05, 2005 10:31 IST
Last Updated: July 05, 2005 12:55 IST



Six heavily armed terrorists, who made an attempt to storm the high-security makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya were killed before they could make it to the shrine.

The attackers came in an ambassador car at around 0900 IST, following an explosive-laden jeep, which they rammed into the security barricade to breach the cordon.

While one militant who rammed the jeep was blown to pieces, five others were killed in the encounter with security personnel, Faizabad Commissioner Arun Sinha said.

Sources said that a woman devotee, who happened to be near the scene of blast, also succumbed to her injuries in the hospital, official sources here said.

Principal Secretary Alok Sinha said in Lucknow that all the pilgrims were safe and no damage was done to the temple area.

He said the driver of the ambassador car has been arrested and three security men were injured in the operation, which lasted nearly one-and-half-hours.

Police sources said that the militants were disguised as devotees.

The barricade and the protective wall collapsed as a result of the explosion and the militants were able to gain entry into the campus through the Sita rasoi (kitchen), Sinha said.

He said the security personnel however intercepted them.

In Lucknow, the state police chief Yashpal Singh said the militants could not reach the makeshift Ram Temple and were stopped much before that by the security personnel.

Police sources said the arrested driver Rehan is a resident of Ayodhya and he was being interrogated.

Four AK 47 and AK 56 rifles, some hand grenades and ammunition were recovered from the bodies of the slain militants, they said.

This is the first terrorist attack on the disputed complex since the makeshift temple came up after the demolition of Babri mosque 13 years ago.

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Congratulating security forces on their barve act, i would say that the failure of intelligence services to disseminate the information is excrable.Arsonist are moving dauntless ...

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It is very sad to read some comments by the readers who think this is an act planned by RSS and VHP. On such a ...

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This incident is a warning bell for us indians to wake up and see that we've opened our doors to an Enemy so vicious that ...

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Congratulations to the security forces who managed to foil the terrorist attack on the outer perimeter without allowing them to harm any civilians. One can ...

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It's shameful! Those who wanted the ruling party to resign in 2002 for intelligence failure inept handling of the attack on Parliament,should now own up ...

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