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Terrorists attack CRPF camp in Srinagar: 5 jawans, two militants killed; 7 injured

Posted by :) on March 13, 2013


 Ref – HT and PTI Agencies
Srinagar, March 13, 2013 
First Published: 11:28 IST(13/3/2013)
Last Updated: 15:26 IST(13/3/2013)

CRPF personnel carry away a fallen comrade on a stretcher. AFP/Tauseef Mustafa

In the first suicide attack in Kashmir in three years, militants on Wednesday stormed a CRPF camp in Bemina area of Srinagar, killing five jawans and injuring seven others. The two militants, who carried out the attack, were also killed. “Five jawans have been martyred and seven   have been injured,” a senior police officer told reporters at the spot. 

He said it was not clear whether there were two or three militants who hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate firing at the CRPF camp.

“Two fidayeen (suicide militants) were neutralised and searches are going on,” the officer said.

Policemen move the body of an alleged militant following an attack at a CRPF camp in Srinagar. AFP PHOTO

He said the group affiliation and identity of the militants killed in the incident was a matter of investigation.

The CRPF camp at Bemina is surrounded by the Police Public School and many government buildings.

However, the school was closed due to strike called by separatists in support of their demand for return of mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

CRPF personnel carry their injured colleague to a hospital during a gunfight with terrorists in Srinagar. REUTERS

This is the first suicide attack in Kashmir in the last three years with the last such incident taking place in January 2010.

No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

On March 2, militants had shot dead two policemen in Handwara area of Kupwara district.

“Initial reports say that five CRPF men have lost their lives. The two attackers were also killed in the attack,” Sheeri said.

The official said that it was yet to be confirmed whether it was a suicide attack, or gunmen directly stormed the camp firing bullets and grenades.

The chief minister said four to five CRPF jawans were injured in the attack.

Policemen secure the area after a gun battle with terrorists in Srinagar. AP Photo

“Besides three civilians were also injured– they had splinter injuries and they have been hospitalised”, he said, replying to the issue raised by members Balwant Singh Mankotia and Irfan Shah in the Legislative Assembly.

“It was a fidayeen attack– both the militants involved in the attack have been killed — the attack has been neutralised”, Omar said.

(With HT, PTI inputs)

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