Three General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel were killed after terrorists attacked a GREF camp in Akhnoor of Jammu and Kashmir.
Akhnoor terror attack: In the most deadly attack since Nagrota, three civilians working as labourers were killed today after terrorists opened fire at a General Engineering Reserve Force (GREF) camp near LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu. Two or more militants attacked the GREF camp around 1 AM near LoC in Battal village, sources said. Terrorists likely infiltrated from across the border to carry out the terror attack, sources said. In the attack, three civilians were killed, they said, adding that the victims were working as labourers with GREF. Troops along with the police have cordoned off the area and a counter operation has started, they said. A senior police officer said all routes to the area have been plugged and the operation is in full swing. According to Police, firing has been stopped in the camp. A high alert was sounded following the attack. Notable, the GREF camp is located 2km from Line of Control (LoC). The attack is the deadliest one in 2017. Schools and colleges in Akhnoor sub-division closed in the wake of attack.
“At 1.15am there was attack on GREF platoon in Batla. 3 labourers killed. The area has been cordoned off even as search operations were on,” Defence PRO Manish Mehta said.
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Following the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army, number of such incidents have gone up. Recently the Narendra Modi government had informed the Rajya Sabha that a total of 146 terrorists have been killed in 97 incidents of encounter between militants and the Indian security force in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016.
Jammu was rocked by two terror attacks on November 29 in which seven army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other security men, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.
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Many such exchanges of fire have erupted over the recent months as Pakistan based terrorists ramp-up their presence in Kashmir to foment violence.
(With PTI inputs)