SRINAGAR: At least 12 people, including four policemen and six army personnel, were killed as miltants first attacked a police station in Hiranagar town of Kathua district and later stormed an Army camp in adjoining Samba district on Thursday morning.
According to a Defence Ministry spokesperson, three army men, including Colonel Vikramjeet Singh, were killed and three others, including the Commanding Officer of 16 Cavalry, were injured.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also condemned the attack terming it as an attack on peace and dialogue. He said that this was another attack and barbarism by enemies of peace.
“These attacks will not deter us. We are determined to defeat such forces,” said Singh.
Sources said that the armed men, who were in Army uniform, first came to Hiranagar police station and before anybody could understand anything, they suddenly opened fire with AK rifles leaving little chance for the cops to react. Thereafter, they fled towards Kathua-Jammu national highway and boarded a truck on way to adjoining Samba district.
As they entered Samba, the terrorists boarded off the truck near a Kendriya Vidyalya at Maheshwar – an Army cantonment area – and stormed into an Army camp resulting into a fierce gun battle between two sides. Six armymen were reported to have been killed, sources said.
The truck driver, in whose vehicle terrorists had travelled from Hiranagar to Samba, was also among the killed.