Militants attack Punjab police station, MHA says it’s a terrorist act

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A Punjab police station in Dinanagar in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district has been attacked by gunmen, who were wearing army uniform. As least 1 person has been reported killed and three injured.

The gunmen, 3-4 are in numbers, were reported to have taken over the police station. One person has been killed and seven injured with police saying the number of dead could be a lot higher.

However, contrary to other media reports, there is no hostage situation at the spot as confirmed by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.

According to police, four armed militants had hijacked a car before storming into the police station. Police had also found bombs on nearby railway tracks.

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The officials said that their first aim was to neutralise the gunmen, who are currently engaged in fierce fighting with the police.

Special forces have also been flown in from Jammu to handle the situation.

Loud gunshots are still being heard outside the police station.

The police station attacked is in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, close to the border with Pakistan. This is the first major militant attack in 22 years since the end of active militancy in Punjab.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to the Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, who had apprised him on the situation.

Singh also informed that he had spoken to the DG, BSF, DK Pathak instructing him to step up ‘vigil on India-Pakistan border.’

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah said that the methodology and location were ‘similar to attacks in the border belt of Jammu.’

Major Gen GD Bakshi (retd), told Times Now that it was a ‘terrorist act’ and it was time India penetrated into the ‘terrorists’ cell to prevent future attacks.’

Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed that it was a terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his solidarity to those affected in the attacks.

“We strongly condemn the cowardly attack on innocent people in Punjab. We are with the people of Punjab and hope that culprits would soon be nabbed,” said Kejriwal.

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