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    Fidayeen 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
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      Fidayeen 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
      hours today.


      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
      Krishna Bahadur.

      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
      profession.

      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 Ahmad—all residents of houseboats in river
      Jhelum.

      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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