Srinagar encounter highlights: Operation ends as security forces gun down two militants near CRPF camp

Srinagar encounter highlights: The gunbattle between security forces and militants began early Monday morning following an aborted attempt by the militants to infiltrate into the CRPF camp.

Firing is still underway in the Karan Nagar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar Srinagar firing highlights: Paramilitary soldiers carry ammunition the site of a gunbattle with armed militants in Srinagar. (Source: Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Security forces on Tuesday gunned down two militants who were holed up in a building near a CRPF camp in the Karan Nagar area of Srinagar since Monday. The operation has now ended.

The  gunbattle between security forces and militants began early Monday morning following an aborted attempt by the militants to infiltrate into the CRPF camp. A CRPF constable was killed in yesterday’s firing. Exchange of fire from both sides continued intermittently through the night. Restrictions on movement of vehicles and civilians have been imposed in the old city area of Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the body of the deceased CRPF jawan, who was identified as Mujahid Alam, will be airlifted to Bihar after the wreath-laying ceremony in Srinagar.

This is the second attack in the area in less than a week. The first was at the premier SMHS hospital wherein a terrorist escaped from police custody under gunfire cover from militants.

Monday’s ongoing encounter also comes two days after the terror attack on Sunjuwan military station in Jammu, in which six Army personnel and a civilian were killed. Sending out a warning to Pakistan, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said Pakistan “will pay for this misadventure”.  “The demography of the cantonment and adjoining areas indicates the possibility of local support to the terrorists”.

Follow Srinagar firing highlights below:

  1. 3:30PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Desperation of Pakistan: J-K Deputy CM

    Jammu Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh hit out at Pakistan over the increasing cross-border infiltrations in the state. "It's desperation of Pak. They're pushing terrorists this side. All infiltrators are basically Pakistanis. Initially, we've reports that some terrorists wanted to intrude into our territory & had fixed some targets. This group had come from South Kashmir," he said as reported by ANI.

  2. 3:12PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Kashmir IGP SP Pani on the encounter

    Kashmir IGP SP Pani addressed a press conference where he stated that two terrorists have been killed in the operation. He also confirmed that the belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit. Arms & ammunition were also recovered. One CRPF jawan has been injured but is completely out of danger, he added.

  3. 2:52PM
    13 Feb, 18
    The operation has now ended.

    The operation has now ended. The slain militants have not been identified yet.

  4. 2:26PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Asaduddin Owaisi says 5 out of 7 people killed were Kashmiri Muslims

    Asaduddin Owaisi said, "Five out of seven people who have been killed were Kashmiri Muslims.Why are people not saying anything on this? People who suspect loyality of Muslims and call them Pakistanis, should learn something from this. We are giving our life for the Nation (7 mein se 5 log jo maare gaye woh Kashmiri Musalmaan the. Ab ispe kuch kyun nahi bola ja raha hai. Isse sabak haasil karna pdega unn logon ko jo musalmaanon ki wafadari pe shak karte hain, jo unko aaj bhi Pakistani keh rahe hain. Hum toh jaan de rahe hain)."

  5. 2:23PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Asaduddin Owaisi on recent terror attacks in J&K

    Speaking on the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Asaduddin Owaisi said, " BJP-PDP leaders are sitting idle. Till when they will act like this? This is their failure. Now we have to think that who will take responsibility of these things (BJP- PDP waale donon baithke malayi khaa rahe hain. Kab tak drama karte rahenge yeh log. Yeh inki nakaami hai. Ab yeh sochna hai ki inn cheezon ki responsibility kiski hogi)."

  6. 2:10PM
    13 Feb, 18

    Praising Major Abhijeet, Major General Nadeep Naithani said, "His morale is very high, Soon after the surgery he asked about what happened to the terrorists, he is raring to go. His condition is good." Naithani is the Commandant of Command Hospital (MH) Udhampur.

  7. 2:08PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Major Abhijeet who was injured in Sunjuwan Attack is recovering

    Meanwhile, Major Abhijeet who was injured in Sunjuwan Attack is recovering in the Army Hospital at Udhampur. "I am feeling much better now, I can interact with doctors, was able to sit and walked twice today. I was not aware what has been happening in the last 3-4 days," ANI quoted Abhijeet as saying.

  8. 1:25PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Second militant gunned down

    The second militant has also been killed in an encounter between security forces and the militants in the Karan Nagar area of Srinagar, mopping operations underway, according to PTI.

  9. 12:54PM
    13 Feb, 18
    Operation to flush out militants is in final stage, says SP Pani

    SP Pani said, "The operation to flush out the militants is in its final stage and is expected to end soon. We have been successful in localising them." Asked about the number of militants, the IGP said, “We suspect they are two but that will only be confirmed once the operation is over.”

  10. 12:50PM
    13 Feb, 18

    DGP, Jammu & Kashmir, SP Vaid said, "One terrorist of LeT neutralised in Srinagar's Karan Nagar encounter."

  11. 12:50PM
    13 Feb, 18
    One militant gunned down in Karan nagar area

    Security forces launched a final assault on terrorists hiding in a building in Karan Nagar area for the last 24 hours, killing an unidentified militant, police said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained, according to PTI. The operation is going on as security forces believe one more militant is hiding in the under-construction building.

  12. 11:52AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Rajnath Singh on back-to-back attacks in Jammu and Srinagar

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the security in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of back-to-back attacks in Jammu and Srinagar. During the discussions,Singh instructed the security establishment to be cautious while launching operations against militants. Extra caution needs to be exercised to prevent casualties, he is learnt to have said. “The Home Minister has been appealing to security forces in the Valley to upgrade their perimeter security and the strategy has helped CRPF minimise the damage in the past,” said a senior official, who attended the review meeting.

  13. 11:39AM
    13 Feb, 18
    SP Pani, IGP, Kashmir on Karan Nagar encounter

    IGP, Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani said, "We are suspecting the presence of two terrorists, the operation is in its final stage. We have been successful in doing a deliberate assault, we are expecting the operation to finish it very soon."

  14. 10:53AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Zulfiqar Hasan, IG Operation on karan Nagar encounter

    An encounter is still going on, we are operating cautiously to avoid any collateral damage to citizens and property,  ANI quoted Zulfiqar Hasan, IG Operation, CRPF as saying.

  15. 10:47AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Mehbooba Mufti meets kin of Sunjuwan victims

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy CM Nirmal Singh attended the wreath laying ceremony of four Army personnel who lost their lives in Sunjuwan army camp attack.  Mufti met the family members of the victims.

  16. 10:23AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Fresh terror attack averted in Jammu

    Meanwhile, a fresh terror attack was averted by alert guards at the entrance of an army camp in Jammu on Tuesday. Two motorcycle-borne militants approached the entry point of the army camp in Domana area around 4.30 am. They fired towards the sentry post. As the guards retaliated, the terrorists were forced to flee. A search operation is now underway to trace the militants, according to IANS.

  17. 10:19AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Two LeT militants are holed up inside an under-construction building

    The over 20-hour-long  gunfight between holed up militants and the security forces continues as fresh firing exchanges have started. Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants are holed up inside an under-construction building in Karan Nagar area since Monday after they were forced to withdraw and later trapped inside the building following their failed terror bid on a CRPF camp.

  18. 10:14AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Sunjuwan military station attack death toll rises to seven

    Meanwhile, with the recovery of one more body of a soldier from inside the Sunjuwan military station, the death toll in Saturday terror attack has risen to seven which includes six soldiers and one civilian. Confirming this, an army spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that the body of martyred soldier was recovered from forest area during searches inside the military station.

  19. 10:06AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Nirmala Sitharaman blames Masood Azhar

    Sitharaman said, “The terrorists belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad tanzeem, sponsored by Azhar Masood, residing in Pakistan and deriving support from therein. The terrorists had chosen to attack a military station which housed both troops and families of the Indian Army. The cantonment is located on the outskirts of Jammu, approximately 30 km from the International Boundary, in a semi-urbanised environment with densely populated civilian localities, adjacent to the cantonment’s perimeter fence.”

  20. 10:04AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Nirmala Sitharaman on Jammu attack

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “All evidences which have been collected are now being compiled and, definitely, these will be given, as always, to Pakistan. Yet Pakistan, in spite of being given dossier after dossier, has not taken any action. On the contrary, we find that people who were directly responsible for the Mumbai attack and many others, particularly Mumbai attack, are free, and are happily roaming in Pakistan." 

  21. 9:53AM
    13 Feb, 18

    The 23 Battalion CRPF camp, which was targeted on Monday, is located near the SMHS Hospital, from where Pakistani militant Naveed Jat was freed from police custody by terrorists on February 6. Two policemen were killed in that attack.

  22. 9:52AM
    13 Feb, 18

    The exchange of fire continued throughout the day and night, despite snowfall in the city.  It is still going on after brief intervals. According to sources, two militants tried to enter the CRPF camp in the early hours of Monday, but fled after they were spotted by alert guards. As the CRPF’s Quick Reaction Team (QRT) and J&K Police Special Operation Group launched a cordon-and-search operation, the militants were traced to an under-construction building.

  23. 9:50AM
    13 Feb, 18
    Attack comes amid an alert across the state

    The CRPF camp was attacked amid an alert across the state on a possible strike, in view of the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9 and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat on February 11.  A resident on Monday said they heard gunshots in the morning and added, “The firing stopped, and then it again started. We could hear firing from both sides after brief intervals.”