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Ultras gun down 34 in J&K

Ultras gun down 34 in J&K

Publication: PTI
Date: May 14, 2002

In a major terrorist attack by a suicide squad today on an army camp and a civilian bus in Jammu Division, 34 people, most of them armymen and their family members, were killed.

Three of the five militants were killed in retaliatory fire by security forces at the army camp at Kaluchak, 10 km from Jammu, official sources said.

The militants first attacked a bus coming from Himachal on Jammu-Pathankot Highway killing seven passengers and injuring several others.

They then moved on to the nearby army camp and opened indiscriminate fire killing 22 armymen and their family members.

A senior defence official said two of the ultras were still holed up in the family quarters of Ratnu Check area cantonment and "crack commandoes" were deployed to flush them out.

Commando operation had become a necessity as the militants were attired in army fatigues and to avoid confusion during the operation, he said.

The attack on the bus took place between 5.30 and 6.00 a.m, the sources said adding traffic on the highway has been suspended. The toll is likely to go up as several injured have been rushed to hospitals in serious condition, the sources added.

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