2Kashmir: Fidayeen strike at city centre
- Nov 25, 2002Fidayeen strike at city centre
Morning assault leaves 6 CRPF men dead, 2 LeT militants killed
GK News Service
Srinagar, Nov 22: Fidayeen attacked a security forces' camp housed
in a hotel near Regal chowk here today killing six CRPF men and
injuring nine others. Two fidayeen were also killed in the attack.
Elsewhere, four militants, two soldiers and a civilian were killed
and three soldiers injured in different militancy related incidents
across the state since yesterday.
Six CRPF men were killed and nine others injured, some of them
critically when two Fidayeen owing allegiance to Lashker-e-Toiba
stormed a camp housed in the Pamposh Hotel, Residency Road in wee
A CRPF officer looking at bullet marked bunker inside
Pamposh Hotel which was attacked by Fidayeen
on Friday morning. (Habib Naqash/GK)
According to reports, two Fidayeen entered the camp around 6.30 a.m
and entered the kitchen. They threw a grenade killing two cooks on
the spot. The deceased cooks have been identified as Jeet Ram and
Reports said one of the Fidayeen took position in the kitchen and
the other tried to enter a bunker in the hotel lawns. Heavy fire was
exchanged both in the kitchen and the hotel lawns. The soldiers
killed the militant in the lawns and the another hiding in the
kitchen tried to enter the hotel. However, he was killed before he
could enter the hotel.
Five of the killed jawans were identified as constables Krishan
Bhadur, P L Gupta, Nathji Singh, Nimbu Lal and cook Chait Ram. Even
as the process of identifying the two militants was in progress,
Sarin said two fake identity cards gave their names as Sarafraz and
Akram, both residents of Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh and painters by
Unconfirmed reports 12 soldiers died in the encounter. The slain
Fidayeen have been identified as Abu Yunus, believed to be a
foreigner, and Reyaz Ahmad Khan of Lower Munda, Qazigund.
A spokesman of Lashker-e-Toiba said the attack was carried out under
operation Badr. He said more than 12 soldiers died in the attack.
Meanwhile, police detained six persons for questioning in connection
with the suicide attack. The detainees were identified as Din
Mohammad Mir, Farooq Nagoo, Ghulam Mohammad Nagoo, Abdul Karim, Ali
Mohammad and Nazir Ahmadall residents of houseboats in river
The six were detained for questioning as police suspect that one of
the militants who stormed the camp entered from the rearside along
the bank of the river, official sources said.
The incident sparked panic throughout the city and the shopkeepers
along the plush residency road opened their shops two hours late as
police and paramilitary forces jointly carried out search operations
in the area to sanitize it.
Several people in the Munir Manzil adjacent to the camp had a narrow
escape as bullets pierced through their flats.
A stray bullet also hit the main door of pti office, located in the
building causing slight damage but no casualty.
Senior CRPF, police and BSF officers visited the camp and inspected
the scene. Security around the camp has been further beefed up with
more guards at the pickets and additional deployment in the campus
including main gate, sources said.
The attack ended a lull in violence, not seen in Srinagar for quite
sometime. In a departure from the previous incidents of attack which
were generally carried out from the front leading to concentration
of blocking entrances to the camps in the valley, the attack today
was carried out from the front as well as rear sides.
Elsewhere, unidentified gunmen abducted and later killed Ghulam
Qadir Ganai s/o Abdul Rahim Ganai r/o Kalampora, Pulwama outside his
residence last night. He was a released militant.
Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with troops
at Farkian (Reshinar) forest area in Kupwara district yesterday. A
soldier was also killed in the gunbattle. Some arms and ammunition
were also recovered from the spot.
A Lashkar militant, Abuzer Chisti was killed in an encounter with
troops of 47 RR in the forests of Chak-e-Natnoosa in Handwara area
of Kupwara district yesterday. The injured soldiers were lance naik
Rajesh Pandey, sepoys M S Gogay and Sanjay Kumar. Some arms and
ammunition were seized from the place.
An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with army at
Nagri Malapora in Kupwara district today. One AK rifle was seized
from the encounter site.
A BSF jawan identified as M Gundappa was killed at Maharaj Bazaar
Naz crossing this afternoon. He belonged to 98 bn.
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