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.
— HT Punjab (@HTPunjab) July 27, 2015
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.