Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur was a “worrying development” as the area had remained free from militancy for a long time.
“An attack on this stretch of the NH (National Highway) after a very long time. Worrying development because area was militant free,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Two BSF troopers and as many militants were killed while eight others injured when a convoy of the BSF on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Samroli in Udhampur district came under attack early this morning.
The attack, which comes days after militants carried out attack in Dinanagar of Punjab, is the first in the district in over a decade.
Udhampur was one of the four districts of Jammu and Kashmir from where the Omar Abdullah-led state government wanted the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to be revoked citing considerable improvement in the situation.
The other districts were Srinagar and Budgam in Kashmir Valley and Jammu district in Jammu region.(PTI)