Four killed in firing at Indian military station, shooters at large

Barricades are set up outside Bathinda Military Station, following a “firing incident” at the station that killed four people, in Bhatinda, Punjab, India, April 12, 2023 in this screengrab taken from a handout video. — ANI/Handout via Reuters
  • Firing incident took place in the early hours of morning
  • Four killed were army personnel
  • Search operations on for unknown number of shooters

NEW DELHI: Four army personnel were killed in a firing incident at a military station in the Indian border state of Punjab early on Wednesday, officials said, adding that a search for the shooters was in progress.

An unknown number of shooters were at large at the Bathinda military station and had ammunition on them, a defence source told Reuters, declining to be named citing the sensitivity of the matter.

The incident was “not a terror attack”, and took place in a canteen, a senior police official in Punjab, S.P.S. Parmar told Reuters.

“Station quick-reaction teams were activated. Area was cordoned off and sealed,” the army said in a statement. “Search operations are in progress. Further details being ascertained.”

The incident took place at 4:35am (2305 GMT Tuesday), the statement said.

The military station, about 280 km northwest of New Delhi, houses mostly families of soldiers and is a residential army base. 

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