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Live: Lashkar-e-Taiba behind attacks in Gurdaspur, say MHA sources; Pakistan condemns strike
  • 20:28 (IST)

    ISI hand not ruled out in Gurdaspur attack

    According to CNN-IBN, GPS recovered from the attack site has been sent for analysis. Authorities said that the terrorists were on a suicide mission but ISI hand has still not been ruled out.

    The report further added that the delay in operation was because the police wanted to catch the terrorists alive.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Lashkar-e-Taiba behind Gurdaspur terror attacks: MHA Sources

  • 19:50 (IST)

    High-level meeting with Rajnath Singh and NSA ends

    Reports said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will meet PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday and brief him on the Gurdaspur terror attack. 

  • 19:36 (IST)

  • 19:36 (IST)

    Gurdaspur attack a serious one: Ajit Doval

  • 19:35 (IST)

    Bus driver saved many lives

    The alertness and bravery of a bus driver saved several lives as terrorists launched an attack here in Punjab on Monday. 

    Punjab Roadways driver Nanak Chand did not panic even when the terrorists fired at the bus and instead scared the terrorists by driving towards them. As the terrorists, numbering four, moved back, the driver swerved the bus and drove it away.

    Since shots were fired at the bus, Nanak Chand drove it straight to a government hospital to get the injured passengers treated. He also called up the police to inform about the incident. "There were 75 passengers in the bus. I thought that it was important to save their lives. I did not stop the bus," Nanak Chand told reporters.

    -- PTI

  • 19:29 (IST)

  • 19:17 (IST)

    Pakistan condemns attack

    The Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Gurdaspur terror attack. "Pakistan condemns terrorist incident in Gurdaspur...Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," ANI quoted the Ministry as saying.

    "We extend heartfelt sympathies and condolences to government and people of India and wish the wounded speedy and full recovery," the Ministry said.

    According to CNN-IBN, the terror attack was also discussed in the Pakistan parliament.

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Union home ministry sources said the terrorists, the name of whose outfit was still unclear, may have entered the Indian territory around last midnight and hit the highway using Paharpur road, nearly 15km from the international border, to unleash mayhem. - PTI

  • 19:01 (IST)

  • 18:30 (IST)

    Militants carried two GPS systems, were well-armed, says Punjab Police DGP

    Addressing a press meet, Punjab Police DGP Sumedh Singh Saini gave a chronology of events leading to the elimination of three militans but refrained from commenting from where they came from.

    "They killed one person at the bus stand in the morning and then came to the police station. The sentry at the police station is injured and is now in hospital. During the operation, three home guards were martyred after Punjab Police engaged the three assailants. One of our SP also attained martyrdom. Two other civilians were killled in an adjoining premises of a medical facility," Saini told reporters.

    According to a NDTV report, the militants were carrying AK-47s while the policemen fought back with dated SLRs - Self-Loading Rifles.

    "No bulletproof vests for members of the Punjab Police SWAT or Special Weapons and Tactics - they had kneepads but no helmets," NDTV said.

    Not willing to take a shot on the identity of the attackers, he said amid boisterous chants of Punjab Police zindabad, "It is too early to say from where they have come. The modus operandi of their attack and the combat gear they were wearing must be checked upon. They were carrying two GPS systems, the weapons and ammunition they were carrying were of high quality." 

  • 18:12 (IST)

    It was a tough operation, says SWAT member

    Describing the challenges that the anti-terror operation posed, a SWAT team member of the Punjab Police said, "It was a difficult operation because we were not even sure of the number of terrorists involved initially. Gradually we got to know about their location and we started our operation."

    Another SWAT member said, "Because of our training and guidance by our senior officers we could conclude the operation successfully."

  • 18:01 (IST)

    "The operation has been successful, it was for the service of the nation," ANI quoted SWAT Punjab member as saying.

  • 18:00 (IST)

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Gujarat on alert after Gurdaspur attack

    In the wake of a terrorist attack in Gurdaspur, Gujarat police has been asked to be on alert especially the border district police as the state shares land border with Pakistan.

    "In the wake of today's terror attack in Punjab, I have asked the police department and respective heads to remain alert. I have ordered the force to take all necessary steps for the security of people and increase vigil at key public places across the state," Gujarat Director General of Police PC Thakur said. - PTI

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Pakistan denies hand in Gurdaspur attack

    Although the idendity of the terrorists involved in the terror attack at Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur is not known yet, it is suspected that they might belong to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Meanwhile, Pakistan said that it was unaware of reports that suggested militants were from that country and said that it has nothing to do with the terror attack, a CNN-IBN report said. 

  • 17:33 (IST)

    Home minister to chair high level meet

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a shortwhile will chair a high-level meeting to be attended by chiefs of RAW, IB, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and other senior officials of the ministry. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will also attend the meeting. It is likely that Singh will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the meeting takes stock of the situation.

  • 17:28 (IST)

    Encounter ends, all militants dead

    A total of four militants were gunned down after a 12-hour long gun battle involved in the terror attack at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district. The Punjab Police personnel are now conducting combing operation to sanitise the building where the terrorists were earlier lodged in.

    According to CNN-IBN, the deputy collector of  Gurdaspur has confirmed that the ongoing operation against terrorists has ended after it went on for 11 hours. So far no group has claimed any responsibility for the attack. More details are awaited from senior police officials.

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Terrorists shouted Allah hu Akbar: reports

    A Hindustan Times report said that Punjab Police personnel on Monday heard terrorists shout 'Allah hu Akbar' — Arabic for 'God is great' — as a gunfight between the attackers and security forces in Gurdaspur entered its 10th hour, indicating the assault was a suicide attack.

    The daily quoting Punjab Police said that Khalistani militants were not known to carry out such suicide attacks.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Refrain from live broadcast of Gurdaspur ecounter: govt tells news channels

    The information and broadcasting ministry on Monday asked TV channels not to show live coverage of the ongoing anti-terrorism operations in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district in Punjab and said some channels carried such telecasts in violation of rules.

    The ministry issued an advisory and said it had notified the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2015, which state that no programme shall be carried in the cable service which contains live coverage of anti-terrorist operation by security forces.

    It said the media coverage should be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate government till such operation concludes.

    "It has been brought to the ministry's notice that during today's (Monday) ongoing anti-terrorist operations in Gurdaspur, Punjab, some news and current affairs TV channels carried telecast of these operations without restricting themselves to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate government, though the operations had not been concluded," the advisory said.

    It said such telecast was in "clear violation" of the cable television networks amendment rules and was therefore "liable for action".

    "They are hereby advised to desist from further violation of the above-said rules with immediate effect," the advisory said.


  • 16:37 (IST)

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Army jawans during an encounter with militants who attacked a police station at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district on Monday. PTI

  • 16:05 (IST)

    Will give befitting reply, Rajnath Singh on Gurdaspur attack

    Speaking about the terror attack, Rajnath Singh spoke to the media in Madhya Pradesh. He said, "Jawans are fighting in Gurdaspur, and they will be successfull. We won't tolerate attacks. Will give befitting reply,"

    "India will strike if provoked," he said. 

    Times Now reports that Rajnath Singh will meet PM Modi at 7 pm on Monday.

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi condemns Gurdaspur attack

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday condemned the Gurdaspur attack. He took to Twitter say that he hoped the situation was brought under control at the earliest. 

  • 15:52 (IST)

    ATS, STF alerted over Gurdaspur attack

  • 15:50 (IST)

    Shiv Sena burns Pakistan flags in protest against Gurdaspur attack

    Several activists of the Shiv Sena on Monday burnt the Pakistani flag in Phagwara to protest "Pak-sponsored" terror attack at Dinanagar area of Gurdaspur district.

    The protest, led by the party's state Vice President Inderjit Karwal, prompted authorities to divert the route of one of the buses plying between India and Pakistan under the banner of "Sada-e-Sarhad".

    According to police, while the Lahore-bound Indian bus from New Delhi passed normally from NH1 here much before the protest, the other bus, bound for New Delhi from Lahore, was diverted from Kartarpur via Nakodar, Noormahal, Phillaur on to NH1 near Phillaur, skipping the Phagwara area.

    Meanwhile, the protesters, who first assembled at Hanumangarhi temple, marched towards NH1, finally converging at the Sugar mill crossing.

    Raising slogans against Pakistan and terrorists, they set ablaze the Pakistani flag there and staged demonstrations, leading to a slight disruption in traffic.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Punjab police refuses help from NSG, says it is well equipped

    And as the Gurdaspur gunbattle still continues, the Punjab police has refused help from the NSG, and has said they are well equipped to handle the situation. 

    The Army and NSG commandoes are on the spot, but they are on standby, reports CNN-IBN.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Two terrorists killed, two still holed up at police station in Gurdaspur

    After hours of gunbattle, reports suggest that two terrorists in Gurdaspur have been killed and more terrorists are holed up inside the Dinanagar police station. 

    CNN-IBN reports 9 people including the two terrorists have been killed. 

  • 15:16 (IST)

    10 hours into attack, gunbattle continues in Gurdaspur

    Television visuals show that a serious gunbattle is still on in Gurdaspur. The siege began as early as 5 am on Monday and has been over 10 hours. Several people have been injured and have died. However, the numbers are sketchy. 

    Times Now  reported that ambulances had gone inside the police station area. 

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Live bombs recovered from Nashik, reports ANI

    As the whole country has been put on high alert, live bombs were recovered from MG road in Nashik, reports ANI. 

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Will give statement in Parliament tomorrow on Gurdaspur terror incident, says Rajnath Singh

    Even as the Opposition in Parliament continues to create a ruckus over the Gurdaspur terror attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh says he will only make a statement on Tuesday. 

    "I will give statement in Parliament tomorrow on Gurdaspur terror incident," PTI quoted Rajnath Singh as saying. 

    He had earlier said that he would speak in Parliament after the counter terror operations in Gurdaspur were over. 

  • 14:34 (IST)

    J&K SWAT team reaches Gurdaspur

    Help is pouring in from all quarters. The Jammu and Kashmir SWAT team has now reached the terror attack site in Gurdaspur. 

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Terrorists may have entered Punjab through Pakistan, intelligence sources

    Intelligence sources are now telling CNN-IBN that it is possible that the militants actually wanted to attack the Amarnath Yatra. Sources have also said that it is likely that the terrorists entered Punjab through Pakistan. 

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Punjab govt soft towards militant activities, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

    Meanwhile Congress leaders continued to criticise the Punjab government and the Centre over the terrorist attack in Gurdaspur. 

    Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told ANI that the Centre and Punjab governments should have been more alert. 

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Situation under control in Gurdaspur, says Pathankot SSP 

  • 14:06 (IST)

    Country on high alert

    After Mumbai and Pune, authorities have put New Delhi, Vadodara and many other Tier-I and Tier-II cities on high alert.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    ISI behind attacks: Jitendra Singh

    Minister of State Jitendra Singh has reportedly said that ISI is likely behind the Dinanagar attacks.

    According to this report in The Hindu, sources have confirmed that intelligence inputs on 24 July had warned that "10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists headed by commander Maqbool Khan are trying to infiltrate from Dudhiniyal, Jammu to carry out attacks in India on 15 August," with the help of Pakistan Rangers and that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is coordinating the efforts.

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Modi meets Parrikar, Jaitley, Naidu

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and other senior ministers to discuss the situation at Gurdaspur in Punjab that left eight people dead. 

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also attended the meeting.  Parrikar had earlier said that counter insurgency forces had reached Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district, which borders Pakistan. 

  • 13:57 (IST)

    If we are hit, we'll give a befitting reply: Rajnath Singh

    "We will not be the first to strike, but if we are hit, we will give a befitting reply. We want peace with Pakistan, but not at the cost of national honour. I can't understand why time and again cross border terror incidents are taking place when we want good relations with our neighbour," Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.

  • 13:46 (IST)

    PM Modi should be in touch with Punjab CM Badal: Omar Abdullah

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Govt will make a statement once encounter is over: Naidu

    On issues of terrorism the entire nation should speak in one voice, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu outside the Parliament. Naidu also added that the government will make a statement once the encounter is over. 

  • 13:31 (IST)

    'Woman terrorist is one of the attackers'

    Injured security personnel were quoted by ANI as saying that one of the terrorist is a woman. 

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Pak violates ceasefire again near Arnia in Jammu

    In fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers on Monday targeted border outposts in Jammu district of J&K. Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along IB in Arnia sector of Jammu district, a BSF officer said. 

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Gurdaspur SP dies in terror attack

    Meanwhile more sad news comes in from Punjab. The Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Baljit Singh has been killed in the operations during the terrorist attack, reports India Today

    The news channel also reports that two terrorists have been gunned down inside the Dinanagar police station so far. 

  • 13:02 (IST)

    Terrorism not state problem, it's a national problem, says Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal

    Like everything else, the Gurdaspur attack is now getting political with not just a ruckus in Parliament, but also with Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal saying terrorism is a national problem and not a state problem. 

    Badal also said since it was a national problem, it needed to be treated with national policies. 

    Here is what he told ANI

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Congress calls Gurdaspur attack 'intelligence failure'

  • 12:31 (IST)

    False alarm in Parliament after Gurdaspur attack

  • 12:27 (IST)

    No specific alert came from Centre: Ruckus in Parliament over Gurdaspur attack

    And as even NSG commandoes carry on counter terror operations in Gurdaspur, a huge uproar took place in Lok Sabha with the Akali Dal saying there was alert on the terror attack. 

    "We got no specific alert over a terror attack from Centre," Akali Dal tells the parliament demanding that the issue be taken up for discussion. 

    The government has said that they will make a statement after the attack is over. 

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Mumbai, Pune on high alert; curfew in Gurdaspur as terror attack leaves 8 dead

    Other cities across India, including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik has been put on high alert as the terror attack continues to unfold in Punjab. 

    CNN-IBN reports that a curfew has been imposed in Gurdaspur and there is massive police presence in the north of Punjab to ensure that the situation does not escalate. 

  • 11:55 (IST)

    SAD blames Pakistan

    Even as security forces try to neutralise the situation in Gurdaspur, SAD's Naresh Gujral has blamed Pakistan for the terror attack. 

In a terror attack in Gurdaspur, Punjab early on Monday morning gunmen first attacked a state roadways bus and then entered a nearby police station and opened fire, injuring around 10 people.

The terrorists were reportedly dressed in army fatigues and were travelling in a Maruti Alto car when they attacked the bus stand, which is near the Jammu border, the Dinanagar district of Punjab at about 5.30 am, reports CNN IBN.

So far there have been reports of one casualty while at least ten people, including seven civilians and three policemen, have been injured in the attack. According to TV reports, there are four armed terrorists who are currently holed up inside the Gurdaspur police station while the encounter is on.

 Live: Lashkar-e-Taiba behind attacks in Gurdaspur, say MHA sources; Pakistan condemns strike

Screengrab from CNN IBN

According to reports that terrorists attacked the police station at around 5 am and the encounter has been on for more than two hours now.

The gunmen have taken control of the police station entirely, according to NDTV. Even as the encounter between the gunmen and police is underway, additional forces such as paramilitary forces and the army have been summoned.

Dinanagar is close to the Indo-Pakistan border as well as Pathankot which houses several Indian Army establishments. So far there has been no confirmation about the identity of the attackers.

Eyewitnesses said that the terrorists, numbering 4-5, were in army uniforms and were carrying automatic weapons. Police reinforcements were rushed to the spot and a counter-offensive by security forces was initiated, reports IANS.

Additionally, five bombs were reportedly found on the Pathankot-Amritsar railway track near Gurdaspur, according to NDTV.

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Updated Date: Jul 27, 2015 20:28:15 IST