Second militant attack in two days as Hindus, Muslims celebrate festivals

Two militants who had escaped Kathua operations may have carried out Samba attack

GN Staff | March 21, 2015


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Two militants, who may have survived Kathua attack on Friday, launched an attack on security forces in early on Saturday. They attacked the 82 armoured regiment camp in Samba district on Jammu-Pathankot Highway, using grenades and automatic gunfire.

The militant attack came on the morning of the start of the nine-day Navratri festival, and on a day when Muslims are celebrating Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, in Jammu and Kashmir.

 A pilgrim on his way to the Vaishnoo Devi shrine in Katra town was injured critically and two Army soldiers have sustained minor injuries. However, Lt Col Manish Mehta, PRO (Defence) told reporters that no one has been injured in the attack. “No one has been injured, neither any civilian nor soldier. The terrorists weren't trying to enter any unit; they only fired from outside,” Lt Col Mehta said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said all necessary actions are being followed with regard to the militant attack on the army camp in Samba. "We are in touch with the concerned authorities in the state. We have got a call from the Deputy Chief Minister and we have also received information from the intelligence. The necessary actions that are required are being taken," Rajnath said.

Security of the Mata Vaishno Delhi yatra has also been tightened in view of the attacks and educational institutions have been ordered shut in the Samba sector.

Jammu-Pathankot Highway has been closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure, officials said. The pilgrim from Uttar Pradesh was critically injured in the attack. He was rushed to the Samba district hospital where doctors referred him to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.

Just on Friday, six people including two militants were killed in a similar attack on the Rajbagh police station in Kathua district.
Intelligence reports had indicated that four militants were involved in Friday's attack, but only two had been killed. Sources said that they believe the Saturday's attack is being carried out by the two guerrillas who survived in yesterday's attack after escaping from the spot.

The army camp houses 82 armoured regiment and comes under the command of army's 9th Corps headquartered in Yule Camp in Himachal Pradesh. The same camp was also attacked on September 26, 2013 by militants. Twelve people had been killed in that attack.

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