In an exemplary courage two unarmed villagers overpowered an AK-47 wielding Pakistani terrorist who had sneaked in India from across the border to kill Amarnath yatris and attack military targets.
Their courage prevented what could have been a ghastly tragedy. The incident has once again provided living proof of Pakistan’s sponsorship of jihadi terrorism aimed against India.
When caught, Naved cheerfully smiled for TV cameras and appeared relaxed, but his words were chilling.
He said he was from Ghulam Mohammadabad near Faisalabad in Pakistan.
He said that
“We’re here to kill and only kill. We were here to kill Hindus”
“We worked for the cause of Allah… Had you not caught us, you would have known what we would have done.”
he wanted to avenge the “relentless killing“ of Kashmiris. “Had I been killed, it would have been Allah’s doing. There is fun in doing this,“ he said.
Two BSF jawans were killed in the ambush while 12 were wounded.
The terrorist accompanying Naved, Momin Khan, who belonged to Bahawalpur in Punjab province of Pakistan, was killed in retaliatory fire by BSF jawans when he tried to forcibly enter their bus.
This was the first terror attack in a decade’s time near Udhampur, where the northern command of the Army is headquartered.
Coming just nine days after the Gurdaspur attack, it marked strong evidence of the ISI and its gangs expanding the arc of terror to new territories.