Militants wearing army uniforms fired indiscriminately in Dinanagar town of Punjab early Monday morning and attacked a police station. The PIB stated that five persons, including two police officials , have been killed in the brazen attack. A further seven persons are reportedly injured. According to reports
, militants first attacked a shopkeeper, stole a Maruti Car and went to Dinanagar. They injured four passengers in a state roadways bus.
A policeman and three civilians were killed when the terrorists attacked a community health centre adjacent to Dinanagar police station.
The gunmen then entered the police station and also threw grenades at a building where the families of police personnel reside. Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Abhinav Trikha said:
“The encounter is on. We will be able to tell more only after it ends.”
It is believed that the terrorists, numbering 3-4, have infiltrated from Pakistan border side. Army and police reinforcements were rushed to the spot and a fierce gunbattle with the terrorists was on at the police station.
Minister of state for Home Affairs Kirren Rijiju said that no one has been taken hostage in the attack.
“Yes there have been reports that there was a terror attack at the Punjab border (town) but as of now there is no information regarding hostages being held. We are looking into it and once I get some more information, I will come out with it,” Rijiju told IANS.
The town is in Punjab’s frontier district of Gurdaspur, 15 kms from the India-Pakistan border and 25 kms from the border with Jammu and Kashmir.
IANS reports that five live bombs were also found on the Amritsar-Pathankot railway track.