Alert Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) guards thwarted an attempt by militants to attack a security camp in Srinagar’s Karan Nagar area early on Monday morning. As of now, an encounter is underway between the forces and the militants after the latter fled from the spot. A CRPF personnel who sustained bullets in the firing is learnt to have succumbed to injuries. The deceased has been identified as Mujtahid Khan.
The officials said two militants tried to sneak into the 23 Battalion CRPF camp in the early hours. However, alert guards on duty their entry into the camp, forcing them to flee from the spot. Soon after, CRPF and police began a search operation to track down the two militants. There is an exchange of fire taking place near the Medical College. Militants are believed to be holed up in one of the buildings in the area.
A local resident told The Indian Express that they heard gunshots close to the Medical College. “The firing has now stopped,” he said. A senior police officer said the militants could be hiding in the nearby locality and the operation is underway.
Today’s attack bid by militants comes two days after suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked the Sunjwan military station in which a total of six people were killed. The deceases included five soldiers — two JCOs, three jawans — and a civilian. Bodies of three terrorists have been recovered so far. The seizures made from them included AK rifles, huge quantity of ammunition, under barrel grenade launchers and grenades.