09/01/2017 8:34 AM IST | Updated 09/01/2017 1:16 PM IST

3 General Reserve Engineer Force Personnel Killed In A Terror Attack In J&K

High alert has been sounded in Jammu

Danish Ismail / Reuters

AKHNOOR (J&K) -- A high alert was sounded in Jammu on Monday after terrorists killed three labourers of the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) near the international border (IB). They were civilians working as labourers.

Terrorists had attacked a GREF camp around 2 a.m. in Battal area in Akhnoor sector of the IB, a police officer said.

"Three labourers working for GREF were killed in the terror attack," he added.

Reports from the area said the terrorists, whose exact number was not known, managed to escape after the attack.

Police have started searching inside and around the camp, he added.

However, the attackers were yet to be traced, he said.

High alert was sounded in Jammu district in general and in Khour tehsil in particular. Meanwhile, schools and college in Akhnoor sub-division have been closed.

The GREF is the parent cadre force of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that builds and maintains border roads in the country.

This was the first terror attack in Jammu in 2017.

The last terror attack took place on November 29, 2016 when terrorists wearing police uniforms attacked an army camp in Nagrota area of Jammu.

Seven soldiers, including two officers, were killed in Nagrota terror attack.

Terrorists had also attacked a Border Security Force camp in Samba district the same day.

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