by Ayeshea Perera Sep 26, 2013 19:49 IST
6.15 pm: Attacks were to derail Manmohan-Sharif talks, says RPN Singh
Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh said the attack in Jammu was meant to derails talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai, Singh said the government would pursue terrorists and ensure they are brought to justice.
"We are not soft on terror.. this government hung Kasab, this government arrested top terrorists.. we will pursue them and hang them," Singh said.
On being asked for details about today's attack, Singh said a probe has already been ordered and details will emerge once the inquiry is complete.
4.55 pm: All 3 terrorists killed, operation over
Army officials have confirmed that all three terrorists in Samba district of Jammu have been killed and sanitisation of the area is currently in progress.
Speaking to the media, an army spokesperson confirmed that the operation is over. "The operation is complete, we will now order an inquiry. Some of the injured persons have been taken to a Jammu hospital."
The official refused to comment on where the infiltrators came from saying such details would be available only after the inquiry is complete.
4.30 pm: Terror launch pads are still active, says Army official
Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh has said that terror outfits and the infrastructure to support them are intact and very active.
Speaking at a press conference, Singh said, "It was a desperate attempt.. they tried to camouflage themselves but they cannot defeat the alertness and dedication of our forces."
Singh further said that the possible reason for these infiltration bids could be because of the approaching snowfall. "Looking at activities across LoC, they would like to utilise this period before snowfall to infiltrate in large number."
"We had specific inputs about this attack.. we have an effective military intelligence network.. have confidence in us.
The area is a high altitude, rugged terrain.. it has rivers and nullahs.. there is no hurry in carrying out this operation. Time is on our side, our officers will take necessary steps."
He also confirmed that there are no casualties on the Indian Army side as of now.
4. 28 pm: Three terrorists gunned down in Samba
Media reports have said that three terrorists have been gunned down in Samba Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Times Now reports that the area is currently being sanitised by army officials.
3.27 pm: More gunfire from inside Samba camp
More gunfire is being reported from inside the Samba military camp, after a period of relative quiet. It was earlier believed that the terrorists had been killed.
Samba attack : Encounter still going on pic.twitter.com/Ilnq6VaPge
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2.56 pm: Pakistan High Commission condemns attacks
The Pakistan High Commission has put out a statement, condemning the militant attack in Kashmir, and reiterating that it should not come in the way of peace talks.
"Our hearts go out in sympathy to families of all those who fell victim to the acts of terrorist violence in Jammu today. It is imperative that this senseless act of violence does not deter us from pursuing a path to a better future for our people", the statement said.
2.08 pm: PM will ask Sharif some tough questions, says RPN Singh
MoS Home, RPN Singh defended the Prime Minister's decision to hold talks with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, despite a militant attack on a police station and army outpost in Kashmir. "Whenever such talks are about to take place, such attacks take place", he said, adding that it seemed like someone had a hand in interfering with talks.
"It is an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere", he said.
Dismissing BJP demands that the talks be called off, Singh said that the opposition party had a 'very short memory', reminding reporters that it was the NDA government that have General Pervez Musharraf credibility after the Kargil attacks.
That said however, he said that the Prime Minister would definitely ask his Pakistani counterpart some very 'tough' questions. "But the only route to peace with our neighbour is talks", he added.
12:55 pm: Digvijaya Singh said talks must continue
Congress' general secretary Digvijaya Singh said that talks between India and Pakistan are the only way forward.
He said the BJP was wrong in demanding that the talks between India and Pakistan should be called off and pointed out that even after the Kargil conflict the NDA government had engaged in talks.
"Talks are the only way forward between two democracies," he said.
The Congress leader also said that countries facing the menace of terrorism should come together to combat it.
12:35 pm: Modi says people aren't safe in the country
The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate is in Kerala today and is speaking at the 60th birth anniversary of a spiritual leader but didn't miss the opportunity to criticise the UPA government and its handling of internal security.
"In this country there is no guarantee of an individual's safety any more," he said.
12:33 pm: Terrorists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
Ministry of Home Affairs sources have told CNN-IBN that the terrorists involved in the attack are suspected to have come to the country from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
12.12 pm: PM holds Pakistan accountable, but says talks will continue
No words are strong enough to condemn the heinous terrorist attack on Hiranagar police station and the army camp at Samba in Jammu & Kashmir this morning.
I convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the brave army and police officers, as well as the innocent civilians martyred in this cowardly attack.
This is one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace. We re firmly resolved to combat and defeat the terrorist menace that continues to receive engagement and reinforcement from across the border. Such attacks will not deter us and will not succeed in derailing our efforts to find a resolution to all problems through a process of dialogue.
"This is one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace." pic.twitter.com/BJ8wKK01wt
11.30 am: One Lt Colonel, two jawans killed in militant attack The army Defence spokesperson in Jammu SN Acharya has confirmed that three army personnel, including a Lt Col and two jawans, have been killed and three others have been injured in a militant attack on an army camp in Samba, says Firstpost reporter Sameer Yasir. Meanwhile the Lt colonel has been identified as Bikramjeet Singh. He was attached to the 16th Cavalry of the Indian Army, which is a combat unit.
11.20 am: Militants probably infiltrated in last 12 hours, says Omar Abdullah Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that the area where first contact was established and its proximity to the international border, has led him to believe that the attack was carried out by a recently infiltrated party. "Personally, given what one has seen recently, I would speculate that this infiltration probably took place in the last 12 hours", he said. Abdullah added that the attack was aimed at derailing the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. "whether this took place with the knowlede of Pakistan's elected leadership, I have no way of knowing", he added. 11.07 am: Two terrorists killed, Jammu-Pathankot highway shut The militants are holding up in an area behind the CO office, inside the Karnatak Warrior, Sambha brigade, says Firstpost Kashmir correspondent, Sameer Yasir. Two terrorists have been killed, sources say. Unconfirmed reports suggest a Lt Colonel has been killed when the militants fired at him while moving inside the area. He was reportedly moving towards his office. IG Rajesh Kumar says that the encounter is going on and additional forces of CRPF, police have been asked. The Jammu-Pathankot highway has been sealed. Here is a timeline of recent Fidayeen attacks:
10.51 am: Pointless talking to a crippled Sharif govt, says BJP
BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has said that the militant attack on Samba was 'extremely distressing', adding that it only highlighted the pointlessness of talking to Pakistan.
"Some people are saying that this has happened because terrorists want to derail talks between Pakistan and India. My point is who are these terrorists and who controls them? Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed are roaming free in Pakistan with ISI backing. We all know that these strikes happen with the backing of the ISI and army. But are they under the control of the government? What is the point of talking to such a crippled government?", he asked.
"I will insist that he should call off the talks even at this stage. Bilateral talks at summit levels are uncalled for. We must send a clear message to Pakistan that we will not tolerate any more violence, and this message can be sent at a diplomatic level", he added.
10.28: Terrorists were dressed in Indian army uniform, say witnesses
Eye witnesses are saying that the militants who launched a deadly attack on a police station and army camp in Kathua district, Jammu, were in army uniform.
CNN-IBN spoke to an eye witness near the police station as saying that "three people dressed in army uniform went inside the gate and fired the bullets.
Meanwhile the army has confirmed that a Lt. General has also been killed in the attack.
10.13 pm: National Conference says attack an attempt to derail peace talks
The militant attack on a police station and army camp in Jammu has cast a cloud over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
The BJP has already said that the attack highlights that the meeting between the two Prime Ministers is 'uncalled for'.
Party spokesman Prakash Javadekar said that the attack showed how Pakistan was continuing its strategy of killing Indian soldiers at will.
The National Conference party said the attack appears to be targeted at coinciding with the scheduled meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif this week. The party said the attempt was to derail the process of dialogue.
Police sources said the section of the Jammu-Delhi naitonal highway had been sealed and search operations were underway.
10.00 am: Militant attack on army, police leave 12 dead
Armed terrorists killed at least 12 people in Jammu on Thursday morning, first attacking a police station in Kathua district and then attacking an Army camp on the Jammu-Delhi national highway where a three-hour encounter ensued and is still underway, says Firstpost reporter Sameer Yasir.
While six people including two civilians were killed in the police station, six Army personnel were reportedly killed inside the Army cantonment mess in the adjacent district of Samba.
The attack began when three men in Army fatigues stormed the Era Nagar police station around 6. 50 am. Four policemen and two civilians were killed at the police station. The civilians include a shopkeeper named Suresh Kumar and a truck driver who was shot dead in his vehicle, which the attackers then fled with.
The attackers then surfaced in the adjacent district of Samba, at a large cantonment area with a few thousand army personnel posted inside.
A guard posted outside the main gate of the cantonment area was shot at and is believed to be dead.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has confirmed the attack.
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