Three Jaish militants killed in suicide attack on BSF camp

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Oct 2017 08:30:42



BSF trooper martyred in attack near Srinagar airport

The militants, dressed in military fatigues, broke into the camp at around 4.30 am

The attackers breached four layers of security in the highly-protected zone which houses many of Jammu and Kashmir’s Who’s Who

SUICIDE attackers of the Pakistan-based JeM terror group stormed a BSF camp with guns and explosives near the Srinagar airport on Tuesday morning, triggering battles that left all three attackers and a trooper dead.
Four BSF troopers were injured and were hospitalized.

The militants, dressed in military fatigues, broke into the 182 Battalion Border Security Force camp in Humhama area at around 4.30 a.m. The BSF camp shares a wall with an Air Force station and is located in a hilly region. The attackers breached four layers of security in the highly-protected zone which houses many of Jammu and Kashmir’s Who’s Who.

The audacious attack claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) -- led by Masood Azhar, who is based in Pakistan and is one of the most wanted militants in India -- is being compared to the January 2016 strike at the Pathankot airbase in Punjab.
This is the first militant attack in nearly 30 years so close to the airport.

Officials said the militants fired indiscriminately and threw grenades at security pickets before entering the BSF camp where most inmates were asleep. The airport closeby was yet to begin the day’s operations.

Police said one of the attackers was shot dead first and the other two were killed later in an operation that lasted several hours. By then, the terrorists had killed BSF Assistant Sub-Inspector B.S. Yadav. Flight operations at the airport were disrupted in the morning and the road leading it was sealed. Schools in the vicinity were ordered shut for the day. Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said the JeM was responsible for the attack and such attacks would continue “as long as Pakistan is our neighbour”.

“It is the same group whose militants also carried out an attack in Pulwama town earlier,” he told the media. He said the attackers had sneaked into India from Pakistan in July-August.
Khan, who heads the police force in the Kashmir Valley, denied that there had been a security breach that led to the attack.

“As long as militancy is there, the militants can continue to plan such attacks. The operation could have been finished much earlier had we used aerial weapons.” He said the militants entered through the Friends Enclave residential area and that police had identified an overground worker who assisted them. “We are now acting against him.” Security personnel sealed all possible escape routes as Army commandos, the BSF, the Central Reserve Police Force and police launched a joint operation to flush out all the attackers. Gun shots and explosions were heard hours after the attack.

Officials in the know of developments said there was prior Intelligence that a Jaish-e-Mohammed operative, identified as ‘Noora Trali’, had brought in a suicide squad into the city. Jawan killed in ceasefire violation: AN ARMY jawan was killed on Tuesday as Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire by firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, an official said. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in the Krishna Ghati sector at around 1250 hours today.

Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” a defence spokesman said. In the exchange of fire, Naik Mahendra Chemjung was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries, he added. Chemjung, 35, belonged to Chilingdin in Nepal and is survived by his wife Nayan Kala Chemjung and a son, the spokesman said. “Chemjung was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” he added.

Militants kill cop in J&K: MILITANTS shot dead a cop in Awantipora area of Pulwama District in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night, police said on Tuesday. Aashiq Ahmad, posted as Munshi in local police station, was shot at by militants while he was returning from the marriage ceremony of a relative at Padgampora in Awantipora, 30 kms from here, last night, a police official said.

The injured cop was taken to a hospital where he succumbed.
Rajnath compliments forces for foiling attack: HOME Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday complimented the security forces for successfully eliminating the terrorists involved in an attack on a BSF camp in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh said he has spoken to the chiefs of the Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force following the suicide attack near the Srinagar airport.
“I have spoken to the DG CRPF and DG BSF. It was a good operation that they have conducted,” he told reporters here.
The Home Minister said one Assistant Sub Inspector of the BSF has martyred and two others were injured but they were out of danger.

India summons Pak envoy; issues demarche over death of 3 minors in Pak firing: INDIA on Tuesday summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner and issued a demarche over the death of three minors in “unprovoked firing” by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector.

Pakistani diplomat Syed Haider Shah was summoned to the External Affairs Ministry by the Joint Secretary, in-charge of Pakistan, and it was conveyed that “such deliberate targeting of civilians was not acceptable and was against humanitarian norms and practices,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a release.

A strong protest was lodged over the death of three Indian children in “unprovoked ceasefire violation” by the Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector on Monday, it said.

Strong concern was also expressed over the continued unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces across the Line of Control and the International Boundary in violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding.