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Srinagar BSF camp attack: Terrorist in uniform tried to blend with forces, identified

Srinagar BSF camp attack: The terrorist who entered the mess was killed by the officers inside after a gunbattle, the BSF said.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2017 8:14 am
BSF camp attack, srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Militant, Border Security Force, Fidayeen attack, Srinagar International Airport, India news, Indian Express Srinagar BSF camp attack: The BSF building targeted by militants Tuesday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi )

The attack on the BSF camp near the Srinagar airport on Tuesday could have resulted to more casualties had the troops not identified one of the terrorists in the nick of time.

The third terrorist of the fidayeen squad, wearing combat uniform like the other two, had taken position with the forces and had trained his gun in the same direction as the soldiers. He was even communicating with the forces through signals and perhaps planned to kill them once they moved ahead. It was just that the forces identified the terrorist once they moved closer and killed him.’

According to BSF and CRPF, which thwarted the fidayeen squad inside the BSF camp with J&K Police, the three terrorists entered the camp around 4.10 am from a gate adjacent to Gogo village. While one terrorist was killed by a BSF sentry at the gate, the other two entered the camp firing indiscriminately at the forces. One terrorist entered the Subordinate Officers’ mess and the other entered a two-storey building in the administrative block.

The terrorist who entered the mess was killed by the officers inside after a gunbattle, the BSF said.

The third terrorist, however, had to be smoked out of the administrative building. “We were firing rockets and tear gas shells to force him out. It seems he came out unnoticed and took position about 30 yards from the building. He had trained his gun in the same direction, that is towards the building, as that of the forces and so no one noticed him. He even signalled to our troops, positioned behind him, to move ahead. However, when we came closer, we realised he was not one of us. He tried to shoot at us but alert troops killed him. He was perhaps calling the troops ahead to fire from behind and escape,” CRPF IG (Srinagar) Ravideep Singh told The Indian Express.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the forces on the operation. “I have spoken to the DG CRPF and DG BSF. It was a good operation that they have conducted,” he told reporters.

A BSF statement said, “The third militant was restricted to Adm block building. He was forced to flee from Adm block and was neutralised while trying to escape from the Adm Block building near the temple. The combine troops of SOG, CRPF and BSF neutralised the third militant.”

Home Ministry sources said the attack on the BSF’s 182 battalion camp was led by a Jaish-e-Mohammed unit called the Afzal Guru squad. The same squad had carried out an attack in Pulwama in August in which eight security personnel were killed, sources said. Six members of this squad are still in the Valley and may launch another attack, they said.

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    Oct 4, 2017 at 10:56 am
    Indian Army should start preparing with heavy weaponry and missile on the border. Time has come that we should increase the onslaught on the Pakistani defence apparatus. If we pound them with precision missiles which we should now keep using at a very high rate, we will be in a better position to deal with it. What is the use of the missile if you aren not going to use it for defence, quote from Pakistani foreign minister. Maybe it is an advice for us. Pakistani majors may want to not convert this into larger battle but we should. Pound them heavily. As for those stupid people who doubt Surgical Strikes, here is my question to you, Israel has to deal with its surroundings every once in two years because of kind of attack planned, we cannot keep sitting idle like Nehru and get ourselves killed in numbers. We have to be on rampage.
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      Shafted mohammed
      Oct 4, 2017 at 5:52 am
      Kill all six terrorist before this month end so that the whole terrorist infrastructure collapses . All the remaining terrorists would leave the terrorism with the remaining would surrender. Kashmir would then be free of terrorists who are just the paid agents of the Pakistan army the biggest terrorist organization in the world.