Terrorists strike Punjab after 8 yrs, kill 4 cops and 3 civilians

Those dead include Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Baljit Singh; 3 terrorists shot dead in the counteroffensive

Dinanagar (Punjab): After nearly 11 hours, the terrorist attack in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district ended on Monday evening, police sources said. They claimed that three terrorists were killed in the counteroffensive launched by the Punjab police. Ten people: four police personnel, including Gurdaspur SP Baljit Singh, three civilians and three terrorists were killed in the attack. An official said that the area was secured.

Army and Punjab police personnel joined hands to neutralise the terrorists
Army and Punjab police personnel joined hands to neutralise the terrorists

“Combing operations are on now,” said Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Abhinav Trikha at the time of this copy going to the press. Police officials said that exact details of the number of terrorists killed would emerge only after the combing operation by the Punjab Police and other security agencies concludes.

Two Punjab police personnel who were injured in the militant attack. Pics/PTI
Two Punjab police personnel who were injured in the militant attack. Pics/PTI

Senior police officers, including Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, went inside the besieged police station complex after the Punjab police’s special forces neutralised the terrorists.

Previous attacks
Following is the chronology of terror attacks that occurred in Punjab from 2002 to 2015
01 Jan 2002: Three Army personnel were killed and five others were injured after a group of unidentified terrorists attacked them at a firing range in Damtal, close to Punjab’s border with Himachal Pradesh

31 Jan 2002: Two persons died and 12 others sustained injuries in an explosion inside a Punjab Roadways bus at Patrana in Hoshiarpur district

31 Mar 2002: Two persons were killed and 28 were injured in a bomb blast on Ferozepur-Dhanbad Express at Daroha, about 20 km from Ludhiana

28 Apr 2006: At least eight persons were wounded in a bomb blast on a bus carrying 45 passengers at Jalandhar bus terminus

14 Oct 2007: Seven persons, including a 10-year old child, were killed and 40 others were injured in a bomb blast in a cinema hall in Ludhiana

27 July 2015: Four police personnel, including Gurdaspur SP, three civilians — and three terrorists — were killed in an attack in Gurdaspur

Six trains cancelled
Amritsar: Six trains running on the Amritsar-Pathankot route were cancelled after the police recovered bombs on the railway tracks following the Gurdaspur terror attack yesterday.  Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the attack.

Red alert issued in Assam
Guwahati: A red alert has been issued across Assam following the terror attack in Gurdaspur, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said yesterday.

“The Punjab attack is very unfortunate and we condemn it.

We have issued a red alert across the state following the attack,” Gogoi told mediapersons yesterday.

Talking about terror outfits in the state, Gogoi added, “ULFA, NDFB, Jehadis — all are trying to disturb the peace and development of the state. But we have been able to control them successfully.

We have sought more central forces to better manage the law and order situation.”

Nation's protectors must work together

A police officer fires  during the encounter with the armed attackers
A police officer fires during the encounter with the armed attackers

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha
Ghulam Nabi Azad
My heart goes out to the families of those brave security personnel and the civilians who faced the bullets of terrorists

Virbhadra Singh, CM, Himachal Pradesh
Virbhadra Singh
This is an attack on the nation. Such inhumane and heinous acts will be dealt with sternly

Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister
Rajnath Singh
I have said this earlier and I will say it again that while we will not be the first to attack or fire, but if challenged, will give a befitting reply

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