CRPF foils terror attack on camp

Updated: 13 February, 2018 15:09 IST | Agencies | Srinagar

Jawan is killed in gunfight with terrorists holed up in abandoned house in Srinagar, gunfight on

A gunfight broke out between security forces and terrorists after their attempt to strike a CRPF camp here was foiled, killing a paramilitary jawan, officials said yesterday. The terrorists holed up inside an abandoned house in Karan Nagar, in the heart of Srinagar city, after their early morning bid to storm into the camp was foiled, triggering the gunfight, which was on till late yesterday.

The jawan, belonging to 49 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), suffered injuries in the gunfight and died hours later, they said. Intermittent exchange of fire continued, there were also clashes between security forces and stone-pelting youths near the site, they said. The heavily-armed terrorists tried to strike the CRPF camp, located very close to SMHS Hospital from where Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jutt alias Abu Hanzala was freed from police custody by terrorists on February 6.

Ankush, son of Indian Army JCO Madan Lal Choudhary, who was killed in the terrorist attack at Sunjuwan Army camp, salutes his father's mortal remains. Pics/PTI
Ankush, son of Indian Army JCO Madan Lal Choudhary, who was killed in the terrorist attack at Sunjuwan Army camp, salutes his father's mortal remains. Pics/PTI

"The sentry at the camp noticed two suspicious persons at around 4.30 am, carrying backpacks and weapons. He challenged them and opened fire," a spokesman of the CRPF said.
The terrorists fled the spot and took shelter in the abandoned house in a residential area, the officials said. The incident comes two days after Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked an Army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu, killing six people including five soldiers.

LeT claims responsibility
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Monday claimed the responsibility of the recent terror attacks at Sunjwan Army Camp and Karan Nagar CRPF camp.

Lone JeM terrorist still holed up
The army on Monday said that one terrorist was still holed up inside the Sunjuwan military camp in Jammu, three days after the terror attack. "One terrorist is still holed-up inside the camp and efforts are on to neutralise him," a Defence Ministry official said.

'Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure'
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said yesterday that intelligence inputs suggested that terrorists who attacked the Sunjuwan Military Camp were controlled by handlers from across the border. Three terrorists were killed even as the initial information was about four of them, she said, adding that the fourth may have acted as a guide. There was a possibility that the intruders benefitted from local support, she added. "Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure," Sitharaman said. The deaths of "our soldiers won't go in vain".

Brazen attack
1. 4.30 am: The sentry at the CRPF camp in Srinagar, notices two suspicious persons carrying backpacks and weapons
2. He challenges them and opens fire
3. The terrorists flee and take shelter in an abandoned house
4. A gunfight breaks out between security forces and the terrorists. It was going on till late yesterday

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