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A gun battle was on between the terrorists, holed up inside a police station, and security forces. Five bombs were found on the Amritsar-Pathankot railway track.
The Home Ministry has also dispatched a team of National Security Guards (NSG) to help in neutralising the gunmen.
The terrorists, believed to have come from Pakistan border side, fired at people near the Dinanagar bus stand and then attacked the Dinanagar police station. Eyewitnesses said the terrorists fired on a bus going towards Jammu and later moved towards the police station.
Police sources said three to four terrorists in Army uniforms and carrying automatic weapons were hiding inside the police station. They hijacked a car from a nearby highway and came to the Dinanagar bus stand around 5.30 am.
Punjab Police sources said the incident indicated that it was a Fidayeen attack.
Giving his first reaction on the terrorist attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh says he spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to take stock of the situation.
Gurdaspur terror attack: At least eight killed, seven injured; gun battle underway; live bombs found on railway track
10:43 am Heavy exchange of fire has resumed between security forces and terrorists, says ANI
10:40 am MHA says idea was to neutralise suspected militants first, rather than finding out the group behind the attack, reports Vijaita Singh
10:35 am Delhi on alert in the wake of Gurdaspur attack. Police asked to step up deployment at markets, malls, metro stations, reports Jatin Anand.
10:30 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet top ministers regarding Gurdaspur firing shortly, reports Anita Joshua
10:25 am No one has been taken hostage, says Mr. Rijiju
10:20 am Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Abhinav Trikha: “The encounter is on. We will be able to tell more only after it ends.”
10:01 am Terrorists are holed up in an abandoned house, says Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home Affairs
10:00 am ‘Militants are firing indiscriminately’
“We were hit by a burst of gunfire suddenly. I was hit on the shoulder. They are firing indiscriminately every five minutes,” a Punjab police official, who was injured in the attack, told media as he was being taken to the hospital.
09:58 am In this hour of crisis AAP is solidly with people of Punjab/with forces who are fighting terror.AAP condemns attack in strongest words, AAP leader Ashutosh tweets.
09:52 am Home Minister speaks to DG BSF, D.K. Pathak, and instructs him to step up the vigil on India-Pakistan border in the wake of attack in Gurudaspur.
09:44 am We heard firing, ran to spot,saw an injured man, the gunmen took his car and ran away: Eye-witness tells ANI
09:40 am Punjab Special Security Group (SSG) reaches the spot, takes charge of operations: ANI
09:33 am More details emerge on live bombs found on Railway tracks.
The bombs were carefully wired to the railway track at a small bridge near Parmanand railway station, five km from Dinanagar.
A train, which was to pass on the railway track, was stopped just 200 metres from the spot where the bombs were planted.
Railway traffic on the Amritsar-Pathankot section was stopped following the incident.
09:30 am High-level meet scheduled to take place at MHA at 10am. NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary L.C. Goyal to be present, reports ANI
09:20 am Home Minister Rajnath Singh orders BSF to immediately move forces to Gurudaspur to assist police following attack by suspected terrorists.
09:15 am Two police home guards died during the firing, says ANI.
09:10 am Army commandos and a Quick Response Team (QRT) have also been called in.
09:00 am Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal has spoken to Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, and is monitoring the situation.