Srinagar, March 13: Five jawans were killed on Wedensday after militants attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the Bemina area here.
According to reports, the assailants sneaked inside a public school and started firing indiscriminately on the civilians, including school children playing cricket in the open and security personnel.
The security forces retaliated to kill two militants in the
ensuing encounter. Some civilians were also seriously injured in
the incident. The area was cordoned off later to avoid further
casualty. The security personnel recovered arms and ammunition from
the slain militants.
A massive search mission was launched soon after the firing stopped to see if any more militants were hiding nearby.
It was believed to be a fidayeen attack as the terrorists first attacked the CRPF camp and hurled grenades on the security men before entering the school, which was closed due to a shutdown called by separatist forces.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah later told the assembly that two terrorists were killed while four jawans were also injured.
The Bemina area houses bases of the CRPF, Indian Army and centres of the state government.
Home Secretary R K Singh later confirmed that the terrorists had backing of Pakistan. The attackers were dressed in cricketing whites, reports said.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said, as CNN-IBN reported: "This is part of the game we have to play, our enemies will continue to do this. I have seen worse than this, we will face them. Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will have to go. We have been saying AFSPA is needed only at borders."
Hizbul Mujahideen claims responsibility for the attack
The Hizbul Mujahideen later claimed responsibility of the terror attack. Sources in the Hizb said it was a guerrilla attack and such action would be carried out in the future as well.