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4 militants shot dead at Bandipora CRPF camp

A file picture of Army jawans patrolling in Bandipora district.

A file picture of Army jawans patrolling in Bandipora district.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

They tried to storm a CRPF camp in Kashmir’s Bandipora district, with the intention of setting it afire

Four “foreign” terrorists on a suicide mission were killed early on Monday morning when they tried to storm the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The encounter lasted more than an hour. CRPF officials said the terrorists carried “petrol cans,” indicating their intention to set the camp on fire.

A senior Home Ministry official said that though the identity of the terrorists was yet to be established, it was clear that they had come from across the border and, in all likelihood, belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“We have not recovered any GPS sets; it appears that they were guided till the camp by a local handler,” said a senior CRPF official.

“We found food packets, bananas and water bottles, which indicates that the terrorists arrived the previous night.”

Heavy stone-pelting

The CRPF said in a statement that a violent mob gathered in the vicinity after the encounter and there was heavy stone throwing.

“Due to the worsening law and order situation in the State, bodies of the four terrorists could not be taken to hospital for post mortem and were kept in an army camp nearby.”

An official said they would be buried somewhere in the camp. The case is likely to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the “heavily armed fidayeen terrorists” came with an intent to breach the CRPF camp.

“They were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations, which indicate they had planned a prolonged siege and intended to cause extensive damage. The group attempted entry by cutting the wire fencing and shooting at the sentry. The sentries responded with alacrity and returned fire. A heavy exchange took place, during which the terrorists lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,” Mr. Singh said in a statement.

“However, the CRPF, in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir police, shot all the four terrorists dead,” the Home Minister added.

It was around 3.30 a.m. that the armed militants were spotted near the 45 Battalion Headquarters of the CRPF at Sumbal. The Constable on duty responded to the terrorists’ firing from a nearby open orchard.

Ammunition recovered

A Srinagar-based police spokesman said four AK rifles, 12 AK magazines, 140 AK rounds, seven UBGL grenades and nine hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site.

The killings resulted in a complete shutdown in Sumbal.

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