On Monday, July 27, 2015, a terror attack on a bus and police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India resulted in ten deaths. The three terrorists were killed by police. The attack began when the terrorists hijacked a vehicle for their use and a twelve hour assault using Chinese-made grenades and AK 47s against police ended after all three terrorists were killed ten miles from the border with Pakistan.
All the terrorists had removed labels and tags from their garments and equipment to help protect their national origin with the gunmen. The only clue to who they were and where they came from may have been the night vision device recovered from a railway track in Talwandi village near Dinanagar. The night vision device is the same model as the those used by the United States security personnel. There is speculation the device may have been from Afghanistan, where they are commonly used by American security personnel and may have been stolen by the Taliban.
A GPS device confirmed the terrorists came from Pakistan via Ravi river which crisscrosses the Pakistan-India border all along their joint border.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh said, "preliminary analyses of GPS data indicates that the terrorists had infiltrated from Pakistan through the area near Tash in Gurdaspur district, where the Ravi river enters Pakistan."
Making a statement in Rajya Sabha on Monday's attack in Punjab, Rajanth said "any effort by the enemies of our nation to undermine India's territorial integrity and security or imperil the safety and security of our citizens will meet an effective and forceful response from our security forces."
Thursday, only four days later, tensions were still high when a bomb scare in the same area sent police into high alert after an abandoned polythene bag was found near a private school not far from a bus station in Gurdaspur. Police cordoned off, the entire area and bomb disposal unites were sent.
Only a day prior to this attack, Istanbul police issued a bomb attack warning for crowded places and warned of possible attacks on public transportation as a result of the July 20 bombing in Suruç, in southeastern Turkey. The memo from Turkish Deputy Police Chief Mustafa Çalışkan said, "There is information that attacks will continue and could target public transportation vehicles, police buildings, security forces and police lodging.
That said, there may be a connection to these events and the July 30 burial of Yakub Memon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombing, taking place at Marine Lines cemetery in south Mumbai.
The only travel warning in the region at this time from the U.S. State Department was issued on May 22, 2015 for Afghanistan. However, this attack is a reminder to stay vigilant, especially when traveling on common carrier transportation such as buses, trains and cruise ships.
The United Kingdom has issued travel advice statements for Turkey and Iraq. In light of this fact, we have added the United Kingdom Travel Advice Alerts to Cruise Bruise.
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