Terror attack in Samba, two militants killed

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2015 00:52 IST

Terrorists struck again for the second time in as many days when two of them opened fire at an army camp on the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district, on Saturday and two of them were killed in the counter attack. It is suspected that the third militant is still hiding in the area.

"Two terrorists after firing at the sentry entered the area. They were hiding in an under-construction building. The belongings of the terrorists had a mark of Pakistan, which is self-reflective of who is behind the attack," said brigadier DR Rana, Samba brigade.

Rana said no security personnel or civilian were injured in the attack. However, the army and police sources say three armymen, including a major, were injured. It was the second terrorist attack in less than 24 hours in the area. Police and army sources said it was a splinter group of the terrorists who had attacked the Rajbagh police station on Friday.

The twin terror attack is the repeat of September 26, 2013 attack. The terrorists had then attacked the Hiranagar police station in Kathua district and the Mahesar army camp in Samba. Twelve persons, including a lieutenant colonel and two civilians were killed in the attack.

The terror attacks are viewed as an attempt to destabilise the democratically-elected government by Pakistan and its establishments, which were faced by the outgoing government also.

The then Omar Abdullah government, which took office in January 2009, faced first major law and order problem when the Valley witnessed large-scale protests in July 2009 after the alleged rape and drowning of two girls in Shopian. It was then followed by the death of 110 youths in 2010 violent protests across the Valley.

"Even if the Pakistan Prime Minister may not be involved in these destabilising tactics, but ISI and non-state actors are involved. Disturb peace and destabilise democratically elected government is their stated policy and chief minister Mufti Mohamaad Sayeed will face more such challenges," said a senior police official, wishing not to be named.

During his earlier tenure as the state CM from 2012 to 2005, Mufti had faced similar challenges. A day before the start of Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service, terrorists attacked a tourist reception centre in Srinagar.

The twin attack would make it more difficult for Mufti to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The CM had on Friday said in the assembly that government would initiate measures for gradual lifting of AFSPA, though army has certain reservations.

Union minister of state Jatinder Singh had said security agencies should be consulted in taking decision on AFSPA.

"Peace is pre-requisite for the lifting of AFSPA. But with these attacks, the situation is deteriorating so there is no need to lift it," said health minister Lal Singh.

The Congress has accused the BJP of compromising on national interest to gain power in alliance with the PDP, with which it has ideological differences.

In November last year, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, 12 people were killed in the terror attack in Arnia. In March, 2014, two days after an election rally Modi, terrorists killed two persons in Kathua.

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