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Attack on Raghunath Temple, Jammu

The terrorists opened fire indiscriminately, killing seven persons, including three security personnel and a woman.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 22:04 IST

In the first-ever attack by a suicide squad (`fidayeen') in the heart of the Jammu city, two terrorists struck the usually heavily-crowded Raghunath temple at 10.20 am March 30, 2002. Both were killed and are yet to be identified.

The terrorists opened fire indiscriminately, killing seven persons, including three security personnel and a woman. Eighteen persons were injured and four were said to be in a critical condition.

 

Eyewitnesses said that the two

fidayeen

came to the crowded Hari market adjacent to Raghunath Mandir, built 150 years ago by Raja Pratap Singh, and blew up a car by throwing a grenade on it.

The blast created a panic among the people who started running for safety. The terrorists then started spraying bullets at civilians, killing two, identified as Santosh Kumar and Ashok Kumar.

Security personnel opened fire at the terrorists, killing one. Taking advantage of the panic, the other terrorist ran towards the Raghunath Mandir and gunned down two special services bureau personnel guarding the main temple gate.

The killed personnel were identified as Havaldar Sureshwar and constable Togan Taki hailing from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The terrorist entered the temple and fired at a Jammu and Kashmir Constable Dheeraj Kumar and Laxman Das, a shoekeeper. Both died on the spot. The terrorist entered the right side of the temple and opened fire at a woman, Ratna Devi, hailing from Gwalior.

There was no damage to the temple. A bag containing handgrenades and other explosive material was recovered from the terrorists.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 16:19 IST