Kashmir LIVE: Attacks to derail hope and harmony, says PM Modi

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Kashmir LIVE: Attacks to derail hope and harmony, says PM Modi

7:00 pm: PM Modi condemns attack, calls it an attempt to derail atmosphere of hope

PM Modi also condemned the attacks and called on the nation to remember the Army and Police officers who were killed in todays attacks.

"Attacks in J&K are condemnable. They are desperate attempts to derail the atmosphere of hope & goodwill as seen by increased voter turnout," he tweeted.

"125 crore Indians bow to our brave Army men who sacrificed their lives. These men lived & died for the nation. We won't forget them," he said.

6:05 pm: Sitaram Yechury, Salman Khurshid condemn attacks

Condemning the spate of attacks in Kashmir, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that the government should clarify thier position on matters of internal security. "Govt needs to take a stand," he said.

Congress leader Salman Khurshid also condemned the attacks and questioned the government's complacency. "We should take care that internal tensions should not give advantage to others. Extremely tragic, army men should not be sacrificed at altar of complacency. Expect government to show grit and determination that it talks about," he said.

4:45 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh hits out at Pakistan

Home Minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Pakistan for orchestrating attacks in Kashmir.

"I think Pakistan should try to stop these incidents, if they cant they should speak to India about it," Singh said. "Why is it that people who indulge in such activities hide in Pakistan? Should Pakistan not answer to this?" he said.

4:35 pm: Operations to catch militants still on

Commandant of the 115th battalion of the CRPF, Prabhat Kumar told ANI that operation was on to flush out terrorists in Soura area near Srinagar. "Operation still going on,we have surrounded the area, lets hope for best: Prabhat Kumar

AG Mir, Inspector-General of Jammu and Kashmir said that they had inputs that militants were "planning something big." "Had inputs tht militants were planning something big, congratulate Srinagar police on tackling situation, he said on the Soura attack.

Combing operations were on in Pulwama as well, Headlines Today reported.

4:30 pm: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condoles deaths of Army and Police personnel

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condole the deaths in the valley today in four separate attacks by militants today.

"JK Police & army are responding to the attack in Uri. Once again shows the desperate levels militants will go to to disrupt peace & normalcy," he tweeted.

UPDATE: Army chief General Dalbir Suhag meets PM Modi in New Delhi.

3:40 pm: Uri death toll rises to 11; 1 civilian dead in Pulwama

In multiple attacks two days ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to Jammu and Kashmir, militants stormed an Army camp in Uri in Baramulla district, killing 11 security personnel, including a Lt Col, and targeted a police party in Shopian while a top LeT commander was killed in an encounter.

Six militants were also killed in the attack at the Army camp which is 20 km from the Line of Control (LoC), official sources said.

A Lt Colonel and seven Army personnel were among the dead. While bodies of four army personnel were charred, one had burn injuries and the other three had bullet injuries, the sources said.

In Soura in the outskirts of the city, top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Qari Israr was killed by security personnel when he was trying to enter the city, police said.

Police said at least two militants travelling in a car tried to speed away from a check point at Ahmadnagar in Soura area this afternoon.The policemen chased the car and in the ensuing gun battle, Israr was gunned down. One AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.

The area has been cordoned off as another militant had taken refuge in a house in the same locality, it said.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra said it was a big catch as the militant, a Pakistani national, was wanted in many cases.

Police have intensified random search of vehicles following intelligence inputs that militants might carry out a suicide attack in the city ahead of the elections and the scheduled rally of the Prime Minister on Monday.

3:40 pm: Militants throw grenades in Pulwama, seven civilians injured

Seven injured in grenade attack by militants

At least seven persons were today injured in a grenade attack by militants at a crowded bus stand in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said.

Unidentified militants lobbed the grenade on a security patrol at Tral bus stand, 35 kms from here, causing injuries to seven persons, the police said.

They said the injured were immediately rushed to a hospital.

The whole area was cordoned off immediately after the blast and a hunt has been launched to nab the militants involved in the incident, the police said.

No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. - PTI

Three attacks, 12 hours: Militants keep Kashmir on edge ahead of polls, PM's visit

A Lt Colonel and six Army personnel besides three policemen were killed in a pre-dawn attack by militants on Friday on an Army camp in the Uri area of north Kashmir's Baramullah district which is going to polls on 9 December. This was one of the three attacks that took place in the state within a span of 12 hours, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally.

Five militants were also among those killed in the attack that comes just four days ahead of the third phase of Assembly polls in Uri and six other constituencies of Baramullah district.

Militants carried out the attack on the army camp at Mohra in Uri tehsil at around 3.10 am and engaged the security forces in a fierce gunbattle, police officials said.

Uri, which is near the Line of Control, is about 100 km northwest of Srinagar, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to campaign on Monday.

Kashmir LIVE Attacks to derail hope and harmony says PM Modi

Representational image. AFP

Official sources said seven Army personnel including a Lt Col, three policemen and five militants were among those killed in the attacks.

The Army, however, confirmed the killing of only four personnel including the Lt Col.

In Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, "It is possible that this has happened because of elections... We will eliminate the remaining militants who are trapped."

Police said at least six militants had infiltrated into the Valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir recently.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the attack was a "desperate attempt" to disrupt peace and normalcy.

"Once again shows the desperate levels militants will go to disrupt peace and normalcy," he tweeted. Omar said Jammu and Kashmir Police and army were responding to the attack.

"Militants have struck an army camp in North Kashmir between Baramulla and Uri. Security force casualties are feared. It's an ongoing encounter," he said.

On 2 December, the Army foiled an infiltration bid in Handwara area of Kupwara district killing six militants while one army personnel was also killed. The infiltration bid was foiled even as people in Kupwara district were voting to elect their representatives.

Parrikar also said that the Army has been intercepting terrorists and eliminating them.

"Last few days, the Army has been intercepting the terrorists and eliminating them. So, I think it is a sign of increased interception by the army," he said.

In another attack, top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander was killed in the outskirts of the city by security personnel when he was making attempts to enter into the city.

The police said at least two militants travelling in a car tried to run away from a check
point at Ahmadnagar in Soura area this afternoon.

The policemen chased the car and in the ensuing gun battle, one militant identified as Qari Israr was gunned down. One AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.

The area has been cordoned off as another militant had taken refuge in a house in the same locality.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra told PTI that it was a "brilliant operation" by his men as the deceased militant was wanted in many cases.

Israr is a Pakistani national and had been active in this area.

Police had intensified random search of vehicles following intelligence inputs that militants might carry out a suicide attack in the city ahead of the elections and the scheduled rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

In another incident in Shopian, militants hurled a grenade at a police ambush party.

The details of the incident were not known yet as security personnel had launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants in Shopian in south Kashmir.

Shopian area has been vulnerable as militants coming from Doda region through Peer Panjal Range have been using this area as a transit spot. --PTI

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