3 cops among 9 killed in twin attacks by suspected militants in Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur: At least nine people, including three policemen have been killed and many wounded in twin attacks by suspected militants in Gurdaspur district of Punjab early this morning

The assailants came in a car and they first opened fire at a moving bus which was coming to Punjab side from Jammu and Kashmir on the Amaritsar-Pathankot highway. Four passengers were injured in it, who have been hospitalised, SSP Gurdaspur Gurpreet Singh said.

The attackers, who were wearing Army uniform, then entered the Dinanagar Police Station and also opened fire at the police personnel. Three persons were injured there including Dinanagar SHO Mukhtiar Singh, he said.

According to New Channels, nine people, including three policemen, two inmates and four civilians were killed in the twin attacks.

The militants, believed to be four in numbers have taken over the police station from where they have engaged the personnel of Punjab Police and soldiers of Rajputana Rifles in a fierce gunfight.

News channels also reported that elite National Security Guards (NSG) commandoes are being flown in to take up the operation.
The whole area has been cordoned off and additional forces are being rushed in to Gurdaspur.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and discussed the situation.

Singh assured Badal that full central assistance will be given to tackle the situation.

Union Home Secretary L C Goyal has spoken to Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, and is monitoring the situation.

Additional forces are being rushed in to Gurdaspur.

Five live bombs have also been recovered from the Pathankot-Gurdaspur railway track, police said. (With PTI inputs)