Published On : Wed, Aug 5th, 2015

J&K hostage crisis over; 1 terrorist caught alive

udhampur-attack-11Udhampur/Nagpur: After hours of gunbattle between the forces and terrorists following an attack on a BSF convoy, one terrorist was caught alive while two others were killed on Wednesday in Udhampur area of Jammu and Kashmir.

The terrorist, who was caught alive, earlier reportedly took three people hostage near Narsoo area of Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.

This came after terrorists ambushed a BSF convoy, killing at least two personnel and injuring eight others. A terrorist was also killed in the gunbattle.

The Army had also sounded a terror alert in Udhampur area as it joined the counter-terror operation.

The area was cordoned off as search teams launched combing operations to trace a the terrorist who reportedly escaped towards nearby forests.

Meanwhile, sources said that the Union Home Ministry had issued an advisory to Jammu and Kashmir Police, warning them of a likely attack. The advisory had said that the patch between Banihal and Jammu is vulnerable.

Earlier on Wednesday, the terrorists targeted a BSF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Narsoo area of Udhampur soon after a batch of Amarnath pilgrims had passed the spot.

According to reports, the terrorists targeted the convoy, which was on its way from Srinagar to Jammu, from a hillock.

Following the attack, BSF rushed a contingent from Udhampur to Narsoo, which is 16 km away from the district headquarters.

The terror strike, which comes days after terrorists attacked Dinanagar Police Station in Punjab, was the first in Udhampur district after over a decade.

A senior police officer said, “There was firing on a BSF convoy on the highway near Samroli by militants early this morning”.
Giving details, he said that terrorists hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy when it reached Nassu belt on its way from Jammu to Srinagar.

BSF jawans retaliated, leaving one militant killed.

IG Jammu, Danish Rana said that two BSF jawans and a militant were killed.