Less than a fortnight after the terror attack in Gurdaspur, two terrorists attacked an army convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur, killing two and injuring at least 10 Border Security Force personnel. One of the terrorists, Qasim Khan, was apprehended and the other killed in the ensuing shoot-out.
Reports suggest that at least one of the terrorists was from Pakistan, though there was no official government confirmation on this.
3 hostages rescued 1 terrorist has been caught alive. 1 terrorist killed: Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO on Udhampur attack pic.twitter.com/0Gx07Dhkeb— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2015
Khan, who had taken three persons hostage in a school in a village near the area, was arrested after an operation was launched by the army and the police, Deputy Commission, Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary told PTI.
Thought once a site of frequent militant strikes, this was the first time an attack of this nature had occurred in Udhampur in over a decade.
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "Those behind such attacks very well know that their terror designs won't be running for long in India. That is why they are doing all such kinds of activities."
The last time a terrorist was caught was in March 2012. He was allegedly a Pakistani.
The incident has heightened concerns as this stretch of the highway, often taken by pilgrims headed to Amarnath.
"An attack on this stretch of the NH after a very long time. Worrying development because area was militant free," tweeted former state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.