Attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar: 10 times Indian security forces were targeted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
Feb 12, 2018 12:58 PM IST

The attack on the CRPF camp on Monday comes two days after JeM militants attacked an army camp in Jammu’s Sunjuwan, killing six people including five soldiers.

An attempt by militants to strike a CRPF camp was foiled on Monday in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar.

Army soldiers arrive to take position at the Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu, India, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.(AP)
Army soldiers arrive to take position at the Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu, India, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.(AP)

A CRPF jawan was killed in the gunfight that broke out between security forces and the militants, after the latter took shelter in a building in an under-construction house nearby.

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This is one of the several attacks on the army over the past several months.

1. On February 10, Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked an army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu, killing six people including five soldiers. A day later, security forces neutralised three militants holed up in the army camp.

AK-56 rifles, Under Barrel Grenade Launcher, ammunitions and grenades were seized from the militants.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on army or security establishment by the JeM in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged on February 9, 2013.

2. On January 15, the Army foiled a major infiltration attempt by Jaish militants along the Line of Control in Uri sector in Kashmir, killing five members of the group’s suicide squad. A cache of arms, including four AK-47 rifles, three Underbarrel Grenade Launchers, 38 UBGL grenades, 23 hand grenades, nine IEDs and “other war-like items”, were recovered from the dead militants.

3. Last year, in a pre-dawn strike on December 31, five CRPF men were killed when heavily armed terrorists carried out a suicide attack on a camp of the paramilitary force in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. This was reportedly the first time local terrorists had carried out a suicide attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed. One of the soldiers died of heart attack during the gun-battle while the other four succumbed to bullet injuries.

4. On December 4, militants opened fire on an army convoy, on its way to Srinagar, at Qazigund on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed while another sustained injuries. Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt for the militants. The search operation turned into an encounter with the militants. Three Lashker-e-Taiba militants, including two Pakistanis, allegedly responsible for carrying out an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July 2017, were killed in the encounter. One militant, who had managed to flee from the encounter site, was arrested by the police from a maternity hospital in Anantnag.

5. On October 10, suspected militants attacked a Company Operating Base (COB) of the Army at Niausa in Arunachal Pradesh in the morning. No casualty or damage to property was reported in the attack, which police sources said was likely to have been carried out by NSCN(K) insurgents. A group of men fired 5-10 rounds from “ineffective” small firearms and lobbed a Lathode grenade at the COB at Niausa in Longding district at around 1.15 am, Kohima-based defence spokesman Col Chiranjeet Konwer said. The sentries retaliated and the attackers fled.

6. On August 26 last year, eight security forces personnel, including four CRPF jawans, were killed when a group of terrorists attacked district police lines in Pulwama, triggering an encounter in which three militants were also killed.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack.

7. On June 16, six police personnel including, an SHO, were killed in Achabal in Anantnag district. Two civilians were also injured.

A group of militants had laid an ambush on a police party in the Achabal area. The terrorists surrounded the police party, opened fire from all directions and killed Achabal police station SHO, Feroz Ahmed Dar, and five others.

8. On June 3, militants ambushed a military convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, killing two soldiers and wounding four.

9. On May 4, suspected militants attacked an army convoy returning after conducting a massive search operation that involved 4,000 troopers in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. A civilian was killed and three security personnel were injured in the encounter. The militants had laid an ambush and fired indiscriminately when the troops approached the village looking for militants, sources said. The troops returned the fire besides alerting other teams who laid a cordon around the spot. No arrests were made during the search operation.

10. On April 27, three soldiers including an army captain were killed when a group of militants stormed a garrison in south Kashmir’s Kupwara. Two militants were also killed in the attack. The militants were believed to have crossed over from Pakistan.

(With PTI inputs)

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