Militants strike in Jammu & Kashmir ahead of Lok Sabha elections, attack Army camp in Kathua
One person was killed and 3 injured when three terrorists in army uniform opened fire at civilians in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. They also attacked an army camp close to the International border with Pakistan.
The militants were being chased by army and police teams since 5 am, when they allegedly stopped a Mahindra Bolero vehicle on the Jammu-Pathankote highway and fired indiscriminately at the passengers, killing one of them and injuring three others.
According to TV reports, the militants have been intercepted near an army camp in Janglote, where they started firing at army men. One soldier was reportedly injured.
The attack comes two days after the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Hiranagar on Wednesday.
According to TV reports, the police were alerted about a possible terror attack in the area.
The police suspect that the militants sneaked into India to carry out attacks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in April.
The site of attack is close to Hiranagar, Kathua, where a police station was attacked in September 2013 by three militants. A top army officer was among 11 killed in that attack.
Kathua district is a part of the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency where Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is fighting the election.