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J-K: Search operation underway in Reasi after terror attack

A massive search operation is currently underway in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir following a horrific terror attack on Sunday evening that left at least 10 pilgrims dead and 33 others injured. The Indian Army, supported by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and drones, is combing through dense forest areas in and around the incident site.

The tragic incident unfolded around 6:10 pm when terrorists ambushed a bus carrying pilgrims from the Shiv Khori shrine to Katra. The attack caused the driver to lose control, and the bus plunged into a gorge in the Pouni area of Reasi district, which borders Rajouri district.

Reasi District Commissioner Vishesh Mahajan confirmed the toll of 10 deaths and 33 injuries on Sunday night. The rescue operations have been completed, and the injured have been taken to Naraina and Reasi District hospitals, according to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Reasi, Mohita Sharma.

“The identities of the passengers were not confirmed. Initial reports suggest they belong to Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, strongly condemned the cowardly terror attack and assured action against those responsible. “Our security forces and JKP have launched a joint operation to hunt down the terrorists,” he said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the situation and has directed that all the injured be provided the best possible medical care and assistance. “PM has also directed that all those behind this heinous act will be punished soon,” added the J&K LG.

Defence Expert Hemant Mahajan said, “We have invited dignitaries from all the neighborhood countries except Pakistan for today’s swearing-in ceremony of PM Modi and the council of ministers. If this attack occurs at this moment, its objective is very clear.”

“If you see, tourism has increased in Kashmir, which gives opportunities to the residents to do their business and get jobs. Such terrorist attacks will damage everything,” he said.

“Amarnath Yatra is going to start and that goes through the route on which the attack took place… Security forces led by the Kashmir should take offensive actions to either capture or kill those who are involved in these attacks,” he added.

(Inputs from ANI)

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