A suspected terrorist was caught alive after two terrorists ambushed the convoy of BSF on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur early on Wednesday. Two BSF jawans were killed and 11 other jawans left injured in a gun battle which ensued after the ambush by the terrorists. The terror strike on the convoy of the security force has come just over a week after fidayeen attack in Punjab killing 8 people, including a senior police officer.
While one terrorist was shot dead by the security forces in a counter-offensive operation, other one was nabbed after as he attempted to take residents of nearby village hostage. There are some reports that the suspected terrorist was over-powered by the local residents before he was handed over to the security forces.
According to the authorities, the suspected terrorist is identified as Usman Khan. He is currently being interrogated by the police, security establishment and the intelligence.
It all began early on Wednesday morning when the convoy on Jammu-Srinagar NH was fired at by the terrorists. The stretch which has been terror free for quite sometime is also used for ferrying Amarnath pilgrims. According to the probe so far, one convoy carrying Amarnath pilgrims had crossed the highway before the militants attacked the BSF vehicle.
“One terrorist has been killed,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in New Delhi, adding that there was no link between the attack and Amarnath pilgrims passing the area.
According to the officials, the militants hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy when it reached Nassu belt on its way from Jammu to Srinagar. The BSF jawans retaliated with equal alacrity killing one militant in the counter-offensive.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah termed the attack a “worrying development” as the area had remained free from militancy for a long time.
“An attack on this stretch of the NH (National Highway) after a very long time. Worrying development because area was militant free,” Mr. Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Army and police have now rushed to the spot and entire area has been cordoned off. Injured soldiers have been taken to the hospital while a massive combing operation is on in the area and nearby. Vehicular movement on the highway too has been stopped due to the incident.
In another incident, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and hamlets along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, leaving one woman injured. This is the eleventh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan forces in just five days of this month.
(With inputs from the PTI)