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Ahead of PM Modi’s Jammu Visit on Sunday, Terror Activities See A Rise In J&K

This will be Prime Minister Modi's first visit to the region since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.

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Security personnel during an encounter with militants. (PTI Photo)

JAMMU and Kashmir is seeing an uptick in the terror activities ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on April 24. This will be the Prime Minister’s first visit to the region since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. In a pre-dawn attack on Friday, terrorists fired upon a bus of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the Sunjwan area when the troops were traveling towards their morning shift. The attack took place in a high-security vicinity, just near the gates of one of J&K’s largest Army facilities – Sunjwan Base Camp – at 4.25 AM.

At least two terrorists, who took shelter in a house, were killed in retaliation. One Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of CISF was killed and 10 others were injured in the attack. It was near the same attack site that in February 2018, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group of five terrorists barraged the facility killing five Army men.

“CISF averted the terrorist attack by retaliating effectively to the attack and forced the terrorists to run away, averting a major loss. In the line of action, one ASI of CISF has lost his life,” an official from CISF said adding few more are injured.

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The official also added that the attack began with rounds of fire being shot and later grenades being thrown at the bus. Two AK-47 rifles and satellite phones were recovered from the terrorists who police said were most likely Fidayeen or suicide attackers.

In a separate encounter in Baramulla that has been going on for over three days now, police confirmed to have killed the fourth terrorist among the total five holed up there. Claiming a big success, forces had earlier said Kashmir’s longest surviving terrorist Yusuf Kantroo too was killed in this encounter. Kantroo, police said, was involved in various targeted killings.

The police said that acting on a specific input, a special team of Budgam Police along with the Army launched a joint cordon and search operation in the Malwah area. “During the search operation as the joint search party reached the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately upon them, in which four soldiers including one officer received minor injuries. The fire was effectively retaliated leading to an encounter,” the police said.

Following this, the Baramulla Police also joined the encounter whose policeman was injured.

Kantroo himself has been associated with the militancy for 17 years and was arrested in 2005 on allegations of working as an overground worker for the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit. Later, he was released in the year 2008, but he again joined terrorist ranks in the year 2017 and started killing innocent civilians, policemen, and political workers including a Block Development Council Chairman Sardar Bhupinder Singh in the year 2020, as per police. Lately, he had switched from local HM to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terror outfit. He fell in the “Most Wanted” category of the terrorists. In the same encounter, four army personnel were injured.

Also, amid the rising attacks by terrorists using pistols, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had recovered 10 pistols, 17 pistol magazines, 54 pistol rounds, and 5 grenades, Kupwara two days earlier. “It looked like a new consignment smuggled for terrorist activities in Kashmir Valley,” police said adding that it has taken cognizance of a pistol-bearing terror module operating in Srinagar.

Earlier on April 18, head constable named Surinder Singh was killed reportedly by pistol-borne terrorists in Pulwama.