Day after terror attacks, army chief Dalbir Singh to visit J-K

  • HT Correspondent and Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 06, 2014 11:17 IST

Indian Army chief Dalbir Singh will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to take stock of the security situation in the state that was hit by terror attacks on Friday claiming the lives of 11 security personnel including a Lt Colonel.

This would be his third visit to militancy-hit state in less than two weeks.

General Singh's visit comes a day after the attacks and gun battles with security forces in Kashmir valley left 21 people dead, including a top commander of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT and seven militants.

He will be briefed by the army top brass in the Northern Command about Friday's situation as well as security scenario in the state that is in the midst of assembly elections.

In the deadliest attack, heavily-armed militants stormed an army camp in the border town of Uri, killing three policemen and eight army men, including a lieutenant colonel, before the third phase of state elections Tuesday (December 9).

Six militants were also killed in the gun battle that began after the insurgents cut through a wire fence around the heavily-fortified artillery camp and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the security forces in their bunkers. The gunfight lasted close to six hours.

In the other attacks -- all within 12 hours of the Uri strike -- two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter in Soura as they tried to sneak into Srinagar while gunmen hurled a grenade at a bus stop in Tral in south Kashmir, killing two civilians and injuring five. Militants also fired at a police search party in Shopian near Srinagar, but there were no casualties.

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