While most Westerners believe the war on international terrorism is only against ISIS and their Libyan and Nigerian brethren, many forget that our Indian allies have been battling militant Islamic jihadists for decades. Case in point would be the recent ambush of a bus filled with reservist police officers in the violence-wracked Pampore area of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.
United Jihad Council’s (UJC) spokesman Syed Sadaqat Hussain announced that bravery awards would posthumously be awarded to three of his gunmen who came up on the losing end after ambushing Indian troops initially trapped in a bus. As reported by the Greater Kashmir news service on Feb. 23, 2016, and also India Today on Feb. 22, 2016, the head honcho for the UJC, Syed Salahuddin reportedly convened a special meeting to offer “glorious tribute” to the now dead three gunmen.
As announced, the three terrorists were awarded the Hilal e Shujhat (Urdu language: Crescent of Bravery) despite there being no corresponding medal to physically pass onto their families. Nonetheless, Salahuddin sung the praises of the three for their “boldness” in the fidayeen or suicide attack.
The terrorist honcho went on to warn his Indian adversaries that their time in the in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region is short. “India should read the writing on the wall,” Salahuddin cautioned. “All the three militants fought valiantly. The attacks on Indian forces will be intensified and our militants will continue to target the Indian establishments.”
The 48-hour long gunfight between a group of heavily-armed terrorists and Indian forces had started on Saturday when the terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force bus at Pampore in the south of Kashmir. India’s NDTV news service is reporting that the terrorists eventually worked their way to a large multi-storied concrete building that they used as a bunker in their battle to the death with the Indian troops.
The sneak attack on the bus resulted in the deaths of two yet to be identified reserve police officers and one civilian caught in the crossfire. Captain Pawan Kumar, a 23-year-old 10 Para Special Forces officer, was also killed while leading his men into the makeshift terrorist strong point in what the Army described as a “tricky deliberate operation.” Captain Tushar Mahajan, 26, and Lance Naik Om Prakash, 32, of Special Force battalion 9 Para, were also killed in the fighting.
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