Omar says attack armed to ‘create massive havoc’

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah Friday condemned the attack by suspected militants in Kathua and offered ‘heartfelt condolences’ to the families of deceased.

“…My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers for the injured,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site, Twitter. He also announced that the operation in Kathua is ‘officially over’.

Three militants, two civilians and an army soldier were killed in a daring attack by unidentified militants in twin areas of Kathua in Jammu district on Friday.

Omar lauded the role of army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force in ‘containing the fallout to the initial causalities and defeating the evil designs’.

“Militants had come very heavily armed & clearly planned to cause massive havoc. Plans that they were unable to carry out at all. The swift & coordinated response of army, police & CRPF has been markedly better compared to the Samba/Hiranagar attack some months ago,” Omar tweeted.

Omar, however, expressed concern over the infiltration of militants on International Border and asked Border Security Force (BSF) to ‘look at vulnerable areas’. “…the ease with which militants exploited gaps in the fence to cross the international border is a matter of grave concern,” Omar wrote. “The BSF needs to take a look at vulnerable areas & plug these gaps because these militants haven’t given up & we can’t let them succeed.” 

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