5.14 pm: Hizbul Mujahideen claims responsibility for terror attack on CRPF camp
The Kashmir based terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen have claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the CRPF camp that killed five jawans in Srinagar.
The Kashmir News Network (KNS), a Srinagar-based news agency, reported receiving a call from a Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman who claimed the “guerilla attack” and said others would follow, reported CNN-IBN.
CRPF Director General Pranay Sahay is on his way to Srinagar to take stock of the situation.
1. 50 pm: RK Singh says CRPF attack was carried out by Pakistan terrorists
Home Secretary RK Singh has said on record that ‘terrorists from across the border’ were responsible for the deadly attack on a CRPF unit which killed five jawans in Srinagar a short while ago. Speaking to media Singh said that “first impressions are that they are probably from Pakistan”
Briefing the media, Singh added that five soldiers and two civilians who had been injured in the attack were out of danger.
1:15 pm: Protesters throw stones at CRPF camp
Just barely two hours after the terror strike claimed the lives of five CRPF personnel a group of protesters is indulging in stone throwing outside the CRPF camp in Bemina, reports said.
The CRPF and police personnel are now attempting to disperse the protesters.
1:00 pm: Bemina area declared safe
After sporadic gunfire, the Bemina area where militants struck earlier today has been declared safe, reported CNN-IBN.
There are no more militants suspected to be hiding in the area, the channel reported.
12:55 pm: Farooq Abdullah says he’s seen worse, seeks removal of AFSPA
Former Chief Minister and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah nonchalantly said that he had seen worse in the past.
When asked about the contentious Armed Forces Special (Protection) Act, Abdullah said that the legislation needed to go except in areas near the borders.
12: 50 pm: Children were the shields used by militants to sneak into ground
An image published by ANI shows a teenager running away from the site of the attack.
One of the persons running away with his cricket kit, he was playing in ground when militants came in : Srinagar twitter.com/ANI_news/statu…
— ANI (@ANI_news) 13 मार्च 2013
12:45 pm: Militants had mixed with kids playing cricket to throw grenades at CRPF personnel stationed at ground
A senior police official said that on account of the strike called by separatist groups today there was a deployment of CRPF personnel at a playground in the Bemina area of Srinagar.
There were some children playing cricket at the ground and the militants had managed to sneak in carrying grenades in their sports bags, Afadul Mujitaba, DIG (Central Kashmir), said.
The militants then took out the grenades and threw them at the security personnel killing five of them and injuring others, he said.
“In retaliation both the militants were neutralised,” the official said.
12:15 pm: Police officials says its too early to say if there are any more militants
A senior police official confirmed that two militants have been killed in the operation by the CRPF.
However, he said they were still carrying out search operations and it was too early to say if there were any more militants or not.
12:10 pm: Were civilian casualties lower because of strike?
Schools and colleges were shut today on account of a strike called to seek the return of 2001 Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru’s body. Shops, banks, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed due to the strike called by Majlis Mashawarat (Consultation Committee), of the separatist group.
The number of casualties may have been lower on account of the strike due to which all commercial establishments were also shut.
12:00 pm: Chief Minister makes statement in J&K Assembly, says attack was a fidayeen attack
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a brief statement told the State Assembly that two gunmen were killed and five CRPF personnel were killed in the militant attack.
Three civilians were injured in the attack and have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment but weren’t critically injured , the Chief Minister said.
Abdullah confirmed that the attack was a fidayeen attack.
The attack has been neutralised, the Chief Minister said.
11:55 pm: Firing heard again
CNN-IBN reported that there may be up to two more militants holed up in a building.
Firing was still being reported in the area and television visuals showed police personnel using armoured vehicles to get to the area where firing could be heard, the channel reported.
11:45 am: Two militants killed, five CRPF jawans killed in attack.
Militants attacked a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) camp in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir today killing five CRPF jawans and injuring over five others.
According to reports, the militants attacked the camp near a school in the Bemina area and started firing at the police personnel.
Police says two militants have killed during the firing.
Abdul Gani Mir, DIG from the J&K Police said that 5 CRPF jawans died in the attack while six to seven persons were injured. The injured were taken to a hospital.
The police official said that two militants have been killed.
“The school was closed, children were playing cricket in the ground. The target of militants was the peace in the area,” he said.
The operation is still on and some more gunmen are suspected to be holed up in the area.
The police officials are carrying out search operations in Bemina area in Srinagar.
The area houses a police residential colony and a school for children of police personnel, reported CNN-IBN.
The Bemina police academy in the area had been attacked in the past as well due to which there is high security in the area.