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Six killed, 14 injured as militants attack Jammu railway station

IRNA

New Delhi, Jan 3, IRNA -- Four Indian security personnel were killed 
and 14 critically injured in an attack by militants on the Jammu 
railway station Friday evening. Six of the injured were police 
personnel, local media reported. 
Witnesses said that at 7.05 p.m., militants sneaked into the 
railway station, opened fire indiscriminately and lobbed hand 
grenades. 
An Indian Army contingent arrived in 15 minutes and took 
control of the operation. Two militants were killed. 
Over 700 people including railway officials were evacuated. The 
injured were shifted in bullet-proof vehicles. The Army cordoned off 
the station spread over a two km stretch. 
The DIG (Jammu-Kathua range), Farooq Ahmed, said, "We killed two 
militants while four security personnel, including one Army personnel 
died. We have cordoned off the area as the possibility of more 
militants hiding somewhere in the railway premises is not ruled out." 
The attack came when the Jamshedpur-bound Tata Mori Express was 
ready to leave. Panic gripped the station and passengers ran helter- 
skelter. Police personnel on duty fired in the air to avoid civilian 
casualties, before the Army moved in. 
The Army and the militants exchanged fire for over two hours. 
The search operation was affected on account of darkness and fog. 
All trains from Jammu were cancelled. Red alert sirens were 
sounded in the city. 
This is the third such attack on the railway station. In August 
2001, militants carried out a similar attack and killed nine persons, 
including two Army men. One terrorist was killed while another 
escaped. 
So far no militant group has claimed responsibility for the 
attack. 
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