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Rajnath Singh reviews situation with NSA Doval after Baramulla attack


New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday discussed and reviewed the security situation with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in wake of the Baramulla attack that killed one Border Security Force (BSF) soldier and injured another.

Singh also offered condolences to the jawan who was killed in the attack that started late last night.

The Home Minister had spoken to Director General, BSF, K.K. Sharma and asked him to provide best medical facilities to the injured jawan.

The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.

The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.

Singh on Monday said security forces were giving a “befitting reply” to such attempts by Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

“Our security forces are giving a befitting reply,” he told reporters when asked about the attacks on security forces by militants in the state.

Singh’s comments came hours after a BSF and adjoining army camps in Baramulla were attacked by heavily armed militants last night.

The first major attack on security forces by terrorists came four days after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Last night’s attack in Baramulla took place exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at the army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 kms from here, killing 19 soldiers.

The Home Minister is on a two-day visit to Leh and Kargil to interact with a cross-section of people and take their suggestions on resolution of Kashmir issue.

Asked about his trip to Ladakh, Singh said he has come to understand the problems of the region by interacting with a cross section of people.

“Whatever problems the people face here, we will try to resolve them,” he said.

This is the fourth visit of the Home Minister to Jammu and Kashmir ever since the unrest began in the state following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

Singh had led an all-party delegation to Srinagar and Jammu on September 4-5.

The leaders of various political leaders met over 400 people who came in 50 different delegations representing various sections of society in Srinagar and Jammu.

Earlier, the Home Minister had visited Srinagar on August 24-25 and July 23-24.

Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.

Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the India Army conducted surgical strikes on Pakistani terror launch pads on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.


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