Kashmir-based terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed the attacks and warned of more. The police said the attack bore imprints of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Reports from New Delhi said Hizb had retracted the statement. “Prima facie the terrorists don’t appear to be local... first impressions are that they were possibly from Pakistan,” home secretary RK Singh said in Delhi.
But police sources in Srinagar said there was a possibility that one of the militants was a resident of north Kashmir.
Various militants groups had vowed to avenge Guru's death, but so far no such link has been drawn with Wednesday's strike. It is being seen as a setback for chief minister Omar Abdullah's efforts to get the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act scrapped from parts of the state.
In January 2010, a CRPF man and two militants were killed in a suicide attack on Lal Chowk, Srinagar's commercial hub.