Jammu region records fourth terror attack in four days

| Updated: 13 June, 2024 12:02 pm IST

SRINAGAR: In a tense confrontation tonight, security forces engaged a group of terrorists in an encounter at Kota Top in the Gandoh area in Doda district. A police constable was injured, while five Army soldiers and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were wounded in a previous night’s encounter at Chattargalla in Bhaderwah.

“At approximately 8:20 PM today, an encounter began between security forces and terrorists at Kota Top, Gandoh in Doda district. Constable Fareed Ahmed of the Special Operations Group (SOG) Gandoh was injured. The encounter is ongoing, and more details are awaited,” stated Additional DGP Jammu Zone Anand Jain in a post on X.

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A senior police official reported that police teams patrolling the hilly areas of Gandoh intercepted two to three terrorists at Kota Top, leading to an encounter. In the initial exchange of fire, a police constable was injured and has been evacuated to Doda hospital.

Although there is a significant distance between Chattargalla and Gandoh, authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the terrorists involved in both incidents may be the same. Additional forces have been dispatched to the encounter site to resume operations at first light tomorrow.

This marks the second terror-related incident in Doda district in the past two days and the fourth in the Jammu region in four days.

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On June 9, terrorists targeted a bus carrying Shiv Khori pilgrims, resulting in the deaths of nine people and injuring 43 others. Yesterday, two encounters occurred, one in Hiranagar and the other in Chattargalla, Bhaderwah.

The terrorists involved in the Chattargalla incident were identified as Pakistani nationals who had been active in the area for several days. Police have released sketches of four terrorists involved in the Chattargalla gun battle and announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh for information leading to their capture.

Security forces have been placed on high alert following intelligence reports of potential terrorist attacks, particularly in Poonch and Rajouri districts, which have experienced an increase in terror activities over the past two years.

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