Jammu Srinagar highway back on the radar of militants

Jammu Srinagar national highway that was once a vulnerable zone is back on the militant radar now. With their attack on a BSF convoy near Narsu Nullah, the zone is back on the radar of militants. Earlier, the militants used to target security forces with improved explosive devices on this highway but this time the modus operandi has been altered and they ambushed the convoy.

The attack came more than four years after an attempt on the life of Major General BS Pathania of the Northern Command with an IED on May 2, 2011. An attack was carried out near Bermi bridge in Udhampur and Maj Gen Pathania managed to escape unhurt but the attack left one milkman dead.

Yesterday’s ambush was first of its kind on the 294 km highway as most of the previous attacks were carried out by using IEDs, leaving several security personnel killed. The most IED prone areas on the stretch were however Kud to Banihal. One of the most deadly attacks on the Jammu Srinagar highway was carried out on May 23, 2004 leaving thirty persons killed, including 19 BSF men, sox women and five children at Lower Munda near Qazigand.

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