CCTV footage captures pre-attack moments as manhunt intensifies in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi | WATCH

In response to the tragic incident, the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) has approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh each for the families of the pilgrims killed in the Reasi terror attack.

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Footage from a CCTV camera has surfaced, shedding light on the moments leading up to the tragic Reasi terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir. This footage offers valuable insights into the events preceding the attack that resulted in the loss of 10 lives and left numerous others injured. In connection with the terror attack case, authorities have detained six individuals for questioning.

Bus attack on Sunday

The attack occurred when a bus carrying pilgrims was ambushed by terrorists and subsequently plunged into a deep gorge on Sunday. The assailants targeted the bus, which was en route from Shiv Khori temple to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine at Katra near Teryath village in Poni area, opening fire as it approached a bend. This tactic mirrors previous attacks in Rajouri and Poonch.

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Gunfire led to this incident

Exploiting the slow speed of vehicles, the terrorists initiated indiscriminate gunfire to inflict maximum harm before retreating into dense foliage, taking advantage of the natural cover provided by the mountainous terrain. This tactic has become increasingly common in the Jammu region, posing a significant challenge to security forces. According to sources, the bus was targeted near a bend, consistent with the modus operandi observed in previous attacks. In this strategy, terrorists capitalize on the slow speed of approaching vehicles, launching indiscriminate attacks to maximize casualties before disappearing into the dense foliage.

NIA to assist local authorities

Security forces have responded swiftly, deploying 11 teams along different axes based on leads and inputs gathered. Additionally, efforts are underway to develop further leads actively. A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been dispatched to assist local authorities in the investigation of Sunday's terror attack. Security measures have been intensified in the area, with drones employed in the search for terrorists, and additional forces deployed from nearby combat outposts of the Indian Army.

Search ops on 

A comprehensive search operation is currently underway to locate the perpetrators of the attack. Injured individuals were promptly evacuated to nearby medical facilities for treatment, with local authorities, including senior police officials and security forces, swiftly responding to the scene, securing the area, and initiating investigations.Mohammad Bhat, DIG Reasi Udhampur range, Rayees, also arrived at the scene on Sunday. Earlier reports from SSP Reasi Mohita Sharma indicated that terrorists opened fire on the passenger bus traveling from Shiv Khori to Katra, causing the driver to lose control, resulting in the bus plunging into the gorge. Thirty-three individuals sustained injuries in the incident, and rescue operations have been completed. The identities of the passengers have yet to be confirmed, as they are not locals. The Shiv Khori shrine was secured, and area domination was established.

LG announced Rs 10 lakh to victim's families 

In response to the tragic incident, the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) has approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh each for the families of the pilgrims killed in the Reasi terror attack, along with Rs 50,000 each for the injured.