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

In a dual 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.

Rohini Chatterji July 27, 2015 20:08:49 IST
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Live: Lashkar-e-Taiba behind attacks in Gurdaspur, say MHA sources; Pakistan condemns strike

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July 27, 2015 - 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.

July 27, 2015 - 20:16 (IST)

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

July 27, 2015 - 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. 

July 27, 2015 - 19:36 (IST)

July 27, 2015 - 19:36 (IST)

Gurdaspur attack a serious one: Ajit Doval

July 27, 2015 - 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

July 27, 2015 - 19:29 (IST)

July 27, 2015 - 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.

July 27, 2015 - 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

July 27, 2015 - 19:01 (IST)

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.

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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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