Militants attack BSF convoy samroli
At least three jawans were injured after militants opened fire on a BSF convoy travelling from Srinagar to Jammu. [Representational Image]IANS

At least two jawans were killed and eight others injured when militants opened fire at a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy in Samrauli in Jammu & Kashmir's Udhampur district on Wednesday morning.

The militants attacked the convoy at around 7:30 am. The BSF soldiers were on their way to Srinagar from Jammu through the Jammu-Srinagar highway. When their convoy reached Nassu belt, the militants hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire at them. 

"There was firing on a BSF convoy on the highway near Samroli by militants early this morning," a senior police officer told PTI.

The security forces retaliated and killed one militant in the encounter. The Army and CRPF jawans rushed to the spot and joined the BSF soldiers in the encounter that lasted for around four hours. After this, the militants fled from the scene with three hostages.

However, the hostages were rescued later and one militant was captured, while a third one was killed. There were reportedly three militants, of which two were killed. The captured militant, identified as Usman, a Pakistani, from Faisalbad was taken to hospital for medical examination.

After the militants fled the scene, the Indian Army released helpline numbers asking people to give information about the terrorists who fled after attacking the BSF convoy. Security was also beefed up in Udhampur following the attack. Helpiline Numbers: 01992243294, 09467800234 and 09419166790.

According to NDTV news report, the militants came from Pakistan and Intelligence Bureau had warned about the attack. The Union Home Ministry had warned the Jammu & Kashmir government about the Udhampur attack, says report.

Here's how events unfolded:

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12 pm:

10:48 am:

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9:27 am: One more jawan has been injured in the ongoing firing.

9:08 am: One militant has also been shot dead in the ongoing gunbattle with the security forces.

Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah expressed concern over the attack.

Last month, separatist guerrillas shot dead senior retired deputy superintendent of police Bashir Ahmad Dar when he was coming out of a mosque in Ashmujee village of Kulgam district.