Government sources said while the identity of the suicide attackers is still being confirmed, involvement of local Kashmiri youth called Hilal Maulvi is said to be remote as his family brought from Palanhal, Pattan to Srinagar denied that the body was of their son.
It is understood that CRPF assistant sub inspector AB Singh was first to fire at the attackers. One under barrel rocket launcher, two AK 47s and a large number of Chinese made grenades were recovered from the bags of the attackers.
On Wednesday night, the home ministry informed at the highest levels that recoveries from the two bodies revealed that they belonged to Pakistan. The discoveries (see box) clearly show how terror groups in Pakistan are still active.
While Kashmiri media reported Hizbul Mujahideen, a Valley-based outfit, had claimed the attack, statement issued by UJC spokesman Syed Sadaqat Hussain on behalf of HM supremo Syed Salauddin did not claim so.
The statement said: "The CRPF attack was in memory of those martyrs who faced bullets on their naked (sic) body…."
The release talked about demand for Afzal's body to be brought back but does not take credit of the attack.