Former Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah said that the Udhampur area has remained peaceful for a long time and the recent terrorist attack is a 'worrying development'.
"An attack on this stretch of the NH (National Highway) after a very long time. Worrying development because area was militant free," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Two BSF jawans and a militant were killed while eight others injured when militants attacked a convoy of the BSF on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Samroli in Udhampur district on 5 August morning.
The attack, which comes days after terror struck Dinanagar of Punjab, is the first in the district in over a decade.
Udhampur was one of the four districts of Jammu and Kashmir from where the Omar Abdullah-led state government wanted the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to be revoked citing considerable improvement in the situation.
The other districts were Srinagar and Budgam in Kashmir Valley and Jammu district in Jammu region.