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India salutes martyrs of J&K attacks: As it happened

Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has arrived in Srinagar to pay tributes to jawans martyred in Friday's terror attack at the Army camp in Uri.


India salutes martyrs of J&K attacks: As it happened

9:45 pm: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the terror attacks were a result of the fact that some people, within the country and outside, were not happy with the high voter turnout in the first two phases of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

9:20 pm: Senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain accused Pakistan of orchestrating "cowardly attacks" and asked people of J&K to give a befitting response by surpassing the turnout recorded in the first two phases of the Assembly elections.

9:10 pm: BJP has confirmed that despite the terror attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go ahead with his election rally in Srinagar as scheduled on December 8.

8:45 pm: PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expressed dismay over the sudden spurt in terror attacks and asked people to use the power of vote to transform the political landscape of the state and mark a new beginning in 2015.

3:25 pm: Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is right now paying tributes to the soldiers martyred in Friday's attacks in J&K.

1:50 pm: Addressing a rally in poll-bound Jharkhand's Hazaribagh earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives in yesterday's terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. “Terrorists in Kashmir tried to attack the Indian democracy,” Modi said.

Also Read: Attack on democracy in Kashmir, says PM Modi on terror strikes

12:40 pm: Taking a jibe at PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti over her statement blaming the media for yesterday's terror attacks, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy today said the high voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir is a matter for celebration, and added that the PDP chief should now tell the Pakistanis to contain their jealousies.

10:40 am: Reports say Pakistani intruders are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) to cross over into the Indian territory. As per reports, the Pakistani Army and the ISI, in a joint move, are aiming to push infiltrators into Jammu and Kashmir to disrupt the ongoing poll process there.

10:15 am: A day after terrorists carried out four attacks in Kashmir, the proof of Pakistani involvement in the strikes has emerged. The Indian Army has recovered arms and ammunition from the slain terrorists that has Pakistani markings. Among the arms recovered include six AK-47 rifles, shotguns, night-vision goggles, magazines, grenades etc. The terrorists were also carrying Indian currency.

In further evidence of Pakistani involvement, the terrorists were carrying food packets with Urdu markings. These food packets, say sources, are commonly used by the Pakistani Army. Also, sources said the amount of food that was carried by the terrorists shows they were in for a long haul.

9:40 am: Government sources say Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rallies in Jammu and Kashmir will go ahead as per schedule despite Friday's terror attacks.

8:50 am: Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has arrived in Srinagar to take stock of the situation and pay tributes to jawans martyred in Friday's terror attack at the Army camp in Uri.

8:00 am: The US has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kashmir and said it remained firm on its "commitment" to work with India to defeat terrorism in all forms. "The United States strongly condemns today's (Friday's) terrorist attacks in Kashmir, which claimed the lives of innocent civilians, military, and police personnel," a senior State Department official said.

7:00 am: Friday was a day of terror in Kashmir as 21 people, including eight Army men, were killed and at least 10 were injured in a string of brazen militant strikes. The attacks came just days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Srinagar on Monday for the staggered Assembly Elections.

Heavily armed militants attacked an Army camp and a police checkpost, besides hurling a grenade at a posse of security personnel at three places. A smoke grenade also went off at a fourth place.

Eight Army men, including a senior officer, and three policemen were killed battling a group of heavily armed militants who mounted an audacious attack on the Army camp in Baramulla district. All the six rebels were killed.

Lt Col Sankalp Kumar and a junior commissioned officer were among the soldiers killed in the pre-dawn terror attack at the Army's Field Ordnance Camp located at Mohra, near the border town of Uri.

Even as the gun battle was dying down in Uri, a report came in of a terror attack on a police checkpost in Srinagar Friday. The separatist guerrillas attacked the police checkpost in Soura area, about 10 km from Srinagar city centre Lal Chowk.

A senior police officer said that in the gunfight that followed, two militants were killed. One militant was killed immediately and the other who tried to hide in a house in the area also was killed in the ensuing gunfight.

The third terror attack took place in south Kashmir's Tral town, 45 km from here, where two persons were killed and 10 others were injured when a grenade hurled by militants exploded.

The report of the fourth terror attack was sketchy. It was not clear whether a grenade attack took place at a police station in Shopian, with the police maintaining that only a smoke grenade went off.

PM Modi condemned the attacks as "desperate attempts" to sabotage the polls. "Attacks in Jammu and Kashmir are condemnable. They are desperate attempts to derail the atmosphere of hope and goodwill as seen by increased voter turnout," he tweeted.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh slammed Pakistan for the serial terror attacks and demanded that it should stop these incidents. The home minister told reporters in New Delhi that Pakistan gives shelter to terrorists and its result is violence in the Kashmir Valley. "Pakistan gives shelter to terrorists, it should answer for that," he said. "If Pakistan can't stop these incidents, they should speak to India about it."

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the terror attacks Friday "once again show the desperate levels militants will go to to disrupt peace and normalcy". He described it as "a terrible day" and said in a tweet: "Four attacks and a number of deaths - security forces & innocent civilians killed in the valley today."

(With IANS inputs)

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