CRPF foils attack on Srinagar camp; security forces in ongoing gunbattle with cornered militants

Fierce gunbattle between militants and CRPF was reported from Karan Nagar area of Srinagar, which also hosts the CRPF camp, CNN-News18 reported. According to the report, the militants were cornered during a search operation by the CRPF, which began after the paramilitary force foiled an attack on its camp in Srinagar on Monday.

According to reports, two militants, carrying bags and armed with AK 47s rifles, were seen approaching the CRPF camp in Srinagar. However, they were fired at by sentries after which they fled the spot, the report added.

Meanwhile, the operation at Sunjuwan Military Station entered Day 3 with the army launching a "clearing" operation on Sunday night. So far, five army personnel and one civilian have lost their lives. Around 12 people including personnel and civilians have been injured in the attack, ANI reported.

 CRPF foils attack on Srinagar camp; security forces in ongoing gunbattle with cornered militants

File image of the Sunjuwan army camp. PTI

While earlier TV reports said that four JeM militants had been killed, an army statement said that three heavily armed terrorists were killed in the operation.

"While two were gunned down Saturday, the body of a third terrorist was found on Sunday," the statement said. It also added that the militants were dressed in combat gear.  The Army spokesperson Lt Col Anand said that AK-56 rifles, an under barrel grenade launcher, ammunition and grenades were recovered from them.

Giving details, Anand said, "So far, six fatal causalities have occurred. They include two JCOs, three jawans and one civilian dependent, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir."

One of the injured women was pregnant and she later delivered a baby girl through a caesarean operation, he said, adding both the mother and child were stable. A 14-year-old boy had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was in a critical condition, the spokesperson said.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Sunday visited the camp and examined the evidence collected by the army from the site of the gun battle, an official said.

On Saturday, the terrorists had struck before dawn and managed to sneak into the camp from the rear end of the base after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry guarding the periphery.

Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on an Army or security establishment by the Pakistan-based JeM in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on 9 February, 2013, for the 2001 attack on Parliament House.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 10:41:03 IST