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.
In 2001, five persons were killed and 17 were injured in another IED explosion under a civilian bus carrying security forces near Khooni nullah in Ramban district on the National Highway. Another attack was carried out on August 15, 1998 which resulted in killing of eight BSF men when an IED was exploded by militants at the same place the same day after a police party reached the spot. Yesterday’s attack was different from all the previous attacks as the militants ambushed the convoy and faced fatalities themselves but it is evident of the fact that the highway is back on militant radar.