Srinagar, Mar 13: Terror group Hizbul Mujahideen has taken credit for the deadly attack on a Central Reserve Police Force camp in Bemina here on Wednesday.
Terrorists in the guise of cricketers opened fire while the CRPF personnel were playing with local boys at a school ground near the camp around 10.45 a.m. Five of the jawans were killed in the suicide attack. Two terrorists were shot dead in the firefight between the two sides. Six jawans and three civilians sustained injuries.
The death toll would have been much higher were not it for the fact that separatists had called for a strike to protest the delay in the Centre handing over Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's mortal remains to his family.
Political parties based in the Kashmir Valley have been urging the Centre to let Guru's kin arrange a proper burial for him at their native place. He was buried at Delhi's Tihar Jail within hours of his hanging on Feb 9.
Both the ruling National Conference and the opposition People's Democratic Party have asked the UPA government to allow Guru's relatives to take his body back to Kashmir but the Centre has rejected the demand.
In view of the call for a shutdown, the police-run school adjoining the CRPF camp was closed. Some of the jawans were playing cricket when the terrorists entered the school ground.
Union Home Secretary RK Singh told news persons in Delhi that the terrorists took out AK-47 rifles and started firing on the jawans. He said that the "terrorists appear to be from across the border."
Hours after he voiced his suspicion of Pakistanis being involved in the attack, the Kashmir News Service reported that the Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility. The terror outfit's spokesman Baleegud Din called up the Kashmir News Service and said that "guerillas" of Hizbul carried out the attack.
Baleegud Din added that there will be similar attacks in the near future.