Woman Killed, 17 Hurt In J&K Terror Attack11 August 2010
The Economic Times
Srinagar: A woman was killed and 17 people, including two soldiers, were injured when terrorists ambushed three Army vehicles and a civilian bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Wednesday, Army sources said. Terrorists attacked the Army vehicles and the bus at Dera-ki-Gali in Thana Mandi area about 190 km north of Jammu. 'Three Army vehicles and a civilian bus came under heavy gunfire from the terrorists hiding in a maize field. Two soldiers were injured,' a senior Army officer based in Nagrota, headquarters of the 16 Corps, said. A woman identified as Kiran Balla from Poonch was killed and several passengers injured in the gunfire, he said, adding that the soldiers did not retaliate. 'On whom could we have fired back. They (terrorists) took cover in the thick maize field,' the officer said. The maize, standing more than six feet tall, is hampering search operations, he added. But Mohammad Bashir, a resident of Thana Mandi, told an agency: 'The civilian bus was caught in the cross-fire between the Army and militants.' Such an act of terrorism is being witnessed after a long time in this area where security forces had claimed to have trounced militants and militancy. A senior police official said on condition of anonymity: 'This signals that militants have started regrouping themselves in the area.' He said that the bigger concern was that the incident occurred close to Thana Mandi area where an army brigade is stationed.