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LeT claims responsibility for attack on CRPF camp, taunts Indian forces

Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Mehmood Shah also paid tributes to the slain militants in the Sunjuwan military station attack.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:29 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Security and fire tenders reach the army family quarters at Sunjuwan Military Station during the search and sanitisation operations following a terrorist attack, in Jammu on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Monday lauded militants for the attack on the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu in which nine people were killed, including three militants, even as it claimed responsibility for shoot-out near a CRPF camp in Srinagar on Monday.

Local news agencies that generally receive statements from the group earlier reported that LeT chief Mehmood Shah said that the militants of the outfit were involved in both attacks.

The LeT paid tributes to the slain militants and taunted the Indian forces over the “knowledge of war tactics”.

The militants, who India thinks are from the Jaish-e-Mohammad group, had launched a pre-dawn attack on the military station housing soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry’s 36th Brigade and their families on Saturday.

A soldier’s father and five military personnel were killed in the assault that continued till Sunday night, while about a dozen people were wounded.

Jaish, however, has not officially claimed responsibility.

A constable was killed in a separate attack on a CRPF camp in the Karan Nagar area of Srinagar early Monday. Inspector general of police SP Pani said two militants are suspected to be holed up in a building adjacent to the camp after the CRPF prevented them from getting into the protected area.

The LeT claimed responsibility for this attack as well. The outfit’s chief said militants of the “Lashkar-e-Taiba continue to seize control of the stronghold in Karan Nagar”.

The LeT, responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead, is known to be active in Kashmir along with the Jaish and Hizbul Mujaheedin groups.

According to a CRPF spokesperson, a guard at the Karan Nagar camp fired when he noticed two armed men walking towards the gates around 4am. “The duo ran towards the bylanes and fired at a search party from abandoned buildings nearby. The gunfight is on,” he said.

CRPF trooper Mujahid Khan, a resident of Bihar and part of the 49 Battalion, was killed in the firing.

The gunfight came on the day the army was paying tribute to five of its men killed in Sunjuwan. Four of them were Kashmiris, while one was from the Jammu region.

Besieged by the back-to-back militant attacks and cross-border firing and shelling by the Pakistani army, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called for a dialogue with the neighbouring nation for peace to return to the state.

“A dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end the bloodshed. I know I will be labelled anti-national by news anchors tonight but that doesn’t matter. The people of J&K are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option,” she said in a series of tweets.

(This story has been updated with latest inputs)

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 18:00 IST