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Amritsar Attack Updates: 3 dead, 20 injured; NIA team reaches blast site Live

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 19 Nov 2018, 12:25:27 AM
Amritsar: Three killed, 20 injured in suspected terror attack at Nirankari Bhawan (PTI photo)

New Delhi :

At least three people were killed and 20 others sustained serious injuries after two suspected terrorists hurled hand grenades at Nirankari Bhawan in Punjab's Amritsar. The attackers came on a bike and fled the scene after hurling grenades at the Nirankari Bhawan. "Three people are dead and 20 injured in the blast at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar's Rajasansi village," Punjab DGP Suresh Arora was quoted as saying by ANI. Following the attack, security has been increased outside Nirankari Ashram in Delhi. Security agencies have sounded a high alert in the national capital and Punjab. However, it was not immediately confirmed if the police were treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed his condolences and condemned the grenade attack at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar and announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of deceased. The chief minister has also directed Punjab home secretary and DGP intelligence and law to rush the spot.

The attack comes days after reports of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Zakir Moosa’s presence in Amritsar. Punjab Police had Thursday claimed that they have received intelligence inputs that four JeM terrorists, including Zakir Moosa, have infiltrated in Punjab through Ferozpur.

Amritsar Nirankari Bhawan Attack Highlights:

NIA reaches the blast site: A three-member team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached the blast site in Amritsar. 

Khalistani or IS group involved?: "The way two men came and hurled grenade does indicate it could be a terror attack. As per our assessment, Khalistani terror groups or IS group could have carried out the attack. Further investigation will determine it," Suresh Arora, DGP Punjab 

NIA team in Amritsar:  A three-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to reach the blast site in Amritsar on Sunday. 

Counting it as a 'terror act': Three dead and 20 injured in the blast. We are counting it as a terror act. We will find out other details in the further investigation: Punjab DGP Suresh Arora on the blast in Amritsar district.

Spoke to the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh ji who has apprised me of the situation in the wake of grenade attack in Amritsar. Strongest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime, says the Home Minister

Deeply anguished by death of innocent people in a grenade attack in Amritsar in Punjab today. It's a reprehensible act of violence. My condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this attack&prayers for speedy recovery of the injured: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Visuals from the hospital where those injured have been shifted after the blast at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar district, earlier today.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh condemns Amritsar Attack, announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of deceased and free treatment for the injured.

Akali Dal blames Amarinder Singh government for Amritsar attack: Heartfelt condolences with families of people who lost their lives and are injured in today’s attack at #NirankariBhawan in Amritsar. I am shocked at the laxity of Amarinder Singh’s govt! This is a complete failure of law & order in Congress rule: Manjinder S Sirsa

Following the Amritsar terror attack, police have sealed all the borders of Noida. Police presence and checking at entry points of the city have also been increased.

Out of 250 people who were present in the religious congregation, 3 dead & 15-20 injured. As per initial reports, 2 people had come over here who knocked a grenade here: IG (Border) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar

Punjab border sealed: After the attack, a high alert has been issued in the region and also in Noida. The police have also sealed Punjab border with Rajasthan. 

Around 250 people were inside the building: According to police, the number of casualties could have been much more as around 250 people were present inside the building at the time of the blast.

Punjab Congress Chief expresses condolences: My condolences are with families of those who lost lives in this incident. It is an attempt to disturb peace in Punjab. I believe all the security agencies should stay alert and coordinate with each other to maintain peace: Sunil Jakhar, Punjab Congress Chief on Amritsar blast

High Alert in Delhi, Punjab: Following the attack, security has been tightened outside the Nirankari Ashram in Delhi. A high alert has also been sounded in the national capital and Punjab.

#Amritsar Blast Update: Three people killed, over 10 injured, says IG (Border) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar.

# Breaking News: Over 15 people injured in a blast at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar's Rajasansi village.

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First Published : 18 Nov 2018, 12:49:54 PM