New Delhi, July 27: Three civilians, four police personnel and two militants have been killed until now in the Gurdaspur terror attack, the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Monday.
Meanwhile, security has been enhanced across Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the attack, which has so far claimed the lives of 10 people, including six civilians.
Security has also been beefed up at the North and South Block.
According to reports, Punjab Superintendent of Police (Detective) Baljeet Singh has been killed in the gun battle in Gurdaspur.The senior police officer died after being shot in the head while fighting terrorists.
Earlier in the morning, four heavily armed terrorists wearing army uniform went on a rampage attacking a bus and a police station complex in Gurdaspur district bordering Pakistan.
The terrorists struck a moving bus at Dinanagar area at 5 AM, spraying bullets at passengers, injuring four. The assailants then targeted a health centre followed by a building where the families of police personnel reside and hurled grenades before entering the police station.
Army columns were mobilised as the ‘fidayeen’ militants were holed up in Dinanagar police station complex. Special forces too were deployed after the mayhem started.
According to police, the attackers first targeted a roadside eatery and took off in a Maruti 800 with Punjab registration number. They shot dead a roadside vendor near Dinanagar bypass.
They then opened fire on the bus before targeting a community health centre adjacent to Dinanagar police station, killing three civilians including a woman and a policeman.
Local resident Kamaljeet Singh Matharu, who said that the assailants had snatched his car after firing at him, said they were dressed in army uniform and were heavily armed. Matharu received gunshot injuries and is admitted to hospital.
In a related development, five live bombs were found on Amritsar-Pathankot railway track and the train services on the route have been suspended.
The Home Ministry, however, said that an alert has been sounded along the border with Pakistan. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval about the situation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met top ministers and Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal regarding the Gurdaspur terror attack.
(With Agency Inputs)