Ahead of Modi’s visit, Kashmir’s day of terror sees 21 killed

Srinagar, It was a day of terror in Kashmir as 21 people, including eight army men, were killed and at least 10 injured Friday in a string of brazen militant strikes, days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally here 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.
Modi is to address an election rally in Srinagar Monday. The state is in the midst of the five-phase assembly elections, with the next phase scheduled for Dec 9. The polls began Nov 25 and end Dec 20, with the vote count to be held Dec 23.
The initial two rounds of balloting in the violence-ridden state have seen heavy voter turnout, which has been described as a victory for democracy and the people’s answer to militants’ bullets. The terrorists have struck four days ahead of the third round of voting.
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 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.” Eight army men, including a senior officer, and three policemen were killed Friday 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. The group of militants sneaked close to the army camp and struck at 3 a.m., but they met with stiff resistance at the camp’s main gate. (Source- www.newsroompost.com)

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