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Militants attack police post in Udhampur, 2 cops injured

Militants attacked a police post in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district late on Thursday, injuring two police officials and triggering a gun battle, a day after two Pakistani militants ambushed a Border Security Force convoy and killed two soldiers.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2015 13:42 IST
Tarun Upadhyay
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Militants attacked a police post in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district late on Thursday, injuring two police officials and triggering a gun battle, a day after two Pakistani terrorists ambushed a Border Security Force convoy and killed two soldiers.

"As per initial reports, three terrorists have attacked the police post. Two special police officers are injured. An encounter is going on," deputy commissioner Shahid Iqbal told HT.

The police post was located in Basantgarh, a remote area and about a four-hour drive away from Udhampur town, sources said. Basantgarh, which was once plagued by terrorism, had been peaceful in the recent past.

The terrorists crossed the Ujh River from Kathua into Basantgarh, NDTV reported.

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Special police officer (SPO) Gul Mohammad was injured in a gunfight that ensued. About five SPOs posted at the police post were joined by members of a Village Defence Committee to mount a counter-attack.

Additional enforcements were being rushed.

The police post was about a hundred kilometers away from the spot on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, where Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naveed Yakub was captured by security forces and his accomplice gunned down on Wednesday.

Naveed told investigators he was part of a 15-member group on a suicide mission that was trained in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, security sources said.

He infiltrated into India over a month back in a batch of four – two of whom are still unaccounted for, officials said. The Class 5 dropout had no idea where the other 11 terror trainees are, sources added.

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