Srinagar: Four civilians were killed and five others injured when terrorists opened fire on three houses in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s border district of Rajouri. This was the first such attack in the past many years in the otherwise peaceful Jammu region and coincided with the first day of the New Year.
Four persons were killed and at least five injured in a suspected terror attack in Dhangri village of Rajouri district late Sunday night. Doctors and other medical staff were alerted and Army and police teams rushed to the site. There was panic at Government Medical College, Rajouri, where the victims were brought in ambulances. Doctors said some of the injured had sustained multiple bullet injuries.
Two men in a car reportedly opened fire on three houses in the village. Eyewitnesses claimed they were carrying rifles. Additional Director-General of Police (Jammu) Mukesh Singh said: “An incident of firing allegedly by two armed men was reported in Dhangri village, 8 km from Rajouri. Three houses, located at a distance of about 50 metres from each other, were targeted. Four civilians have succumbed to their injuries.”
A search operation has been launched by the Special Operations Group (SOG), the CRPF and the Army. Locals criticised the district administration and the police for their “failure” to protect the residents. Two weeks ago, two persons were shot dead outside the gate of an Army camp in Rajouri.