Jammu, Nov 27: Ten people including four militants, three army officials and three civilians were killed after militants dressed in military colours stormed an army banker in Arnia Sector along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.
The attack took place the day the prime ministers of India and Pakistan exchanged greetings at the Saarc Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. It also occurred a day before the scheduled poll rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Udhampur and Poonch districts. [Jammu & Kashmir assembly election 2014 schedule]
Sources in the Indian Army said the armed militants infiltrated on Wednesday night and were spotted at Pindi Kalan village by the local people who informed the Border Security Force personnel.
The militants, six in all, entered a house where they held civilians as hostage and subsequently entered an abandoned army bunker from where they opened fire on the army, one official said. Another army official, however, said the militants were four in number and divided themselves into two groups. They shot three civilians before taking on the army, he said.
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah confirmed the death of 10 people and expressed condolences for the family of the slain armymen and civilians. He said the attack couldn't be a coincidence.