In a suspected terror attack, gunmen wearing army uniform on Monday went on a rampage attacking a bus, a health centre and a police station, leaving nine persons, including a policeman, dead and several injured in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.
Army has launched an operation against the militants numbering about five who are holed up in Dinanagar police station complex.
The assailants also targeted a building where the families of police personnel reside and threw grenades.
According to police, the mayhem started at about 5am when the attackers first targeted a roadside eatery and took off in a car after killing a person who was sleeping near Dinanagar bypass.
They opened fire on a moving bus, in which four passengers were injured, they said.
They also targeted a community health centre adjacent Dinanagar police station, in which a policeman and three civilians including a woman who were present in the premises were killed.
The gunmen entered the Dinanagar police station and opened fire on policemen there in which five policemen were seriously injured. They then targeted other part of the building where the families of police personnel reside.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday assured that the situation in Punjab's Gurdaspur will be soon brought under control. The home minister also took to twitter to share that he has spoken to Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, home secretary LC Goyal and NSA Ajit K Doval regarding the suspected terror attack.
"Spoke to Punjab chief minister Shri Prakash Singh Badal who apprised me of the developing situation in Gurudaspur," tweeted Rajnath.
"Also spoke to Home Secretary and NSA regarding the situation in Gurudaspur. Security forces have been rushed to the spot," he said, adding, "The MHA is monitoring the situation in Gurudaspur and Punjab. I am confident that the situation will be soon brought in control."