Terror Tactics
Hizbul Mujahideen shows its hand on the eve of Prime Minister’s visit

Prime minister Manmohan Singh inaugurates the train across the Pir Panjal tunne
Prime minister Manmohan Singh inaugurates the train across the Pir Panjal tunne

A day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to visit Kashmir, militants carried out two deadly attacks, killing 10 security men and injuring over 13 others. The message was clear to the government – militancy is not dead in the Valley.

The militants proved this point by attacking when the Valley was on a security alert. Their audacity was evident when they ambushed an army convoy on the Srinagar bypass - a highly sanitised route for army convoys. This was the second attack on the eve of the PM’s visit. In the first attack militants had shot dead two policemen in the busy marketplace of Hari Singh High Street.

The PM described the Srinagar bypass attack as most unfortunate. He said, “This should not frighten leaders or our opponents to conclude that we will succumb to terrorists’ efforts to destabilise Jammu and Kashmir and our economy. I want to pay my tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives while fighting the terrorists. I would like to make it clear that the entire nation stands united against terrorism and will not allow their nefarious designs to succeed. Our analysis is that security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has shown considerable improvement. Terrorist-related violence in 2012 had shown a sharp decline and was the lowest in last two decades...” He reiterated that both the Central and state governments have vowed to improve the security situation and put Jammu and Kashmir on the road to faster development.

The attack on the army was the deadliest. The last time such an attack took place was in 2008 when 10 army men were killed in an IED blast on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway. In the militant re-surgence since March this year, 30 security force personnel including 13 army men were killed while security forces gunned down 12 militants during the same period.
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