Just in: One hostage is believed to have been rescued so far. Heavy firing is still going on.
11:07 AM 8/27/2008
Srinagar, Aug 27: At least five people including a Junior Commissioned Officer have been killed in the ongoing gun battle between militants and the security forces in Jammu's Bantalab area. Two civilians have been injured and the terrorists - holed up in the Chinore residential locality in Bantalab - have taken six people, including four children hostage. Fierce firing is going on between the army and the terrorists holed up in the house. The firing happened around 5:45 am on Wednesday, Aug 27 morning.
Police said that a group of three to four terrorists, travelling in an auto rickshaw, entered the Mishriwala area on Tuesday, Aug 26 and opened fire at a police barrier. They then entered the Chinore residential area in Bantalab and are still holed up there.
The terrorists are believed to be from the same group that infiltrated into India from the International border via Kanachak in the Akhnoor sector on Tuesday, Aug 26. Cops said the terrorists, dressed in army attire and carrying AK-47 assault rifles, entered a house in Chinore and hid there.
On their way to the house, they shot dead a civilian and the driver of the autorickshaw they were travelling in. A high alert have been sounded in Jammu due to the infiltration. The Border Security Force (BSF), along with police and Indian army had launched a massive manhunt for the militants, who had entered the Indian territory at Kanachak, about 20 km north of Jammu, after cutting the barbed wire fence.
The BSF officials said that the situation is serious. The intruders sneaked into the Indian side under the cover of fire, which was probably provided by the Pakistani Rangers. Security agencies are worried in view of the situation in Jammu.
On Tuesday, Aug 26 in yet another ceasefire violation Pak army opened firing at the International Border in Jammu. This is the third ceasefire violation after a flag meeting was held between Indian and Pakistani defence officials to ease the simmering border tensions on July 28. Ceasefire was declared by India and Pakistan in 2003.
10:11 AM 8/27/2008