Srinagar: In the first major terror attack in Kashmir in three years, terrorists on Wednesday stormed a CRPF camp adjoining a school in the heart of the city in Bemina area killing five jawans and injuring at least seven others.
Two fidayeen (suicide terrorists), who carried out the attack lobbing several grenades and resorting to heavy firing, were also killed.
Three civilians were also injured in the attack that began at 10:45 am, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told the state Assembly in Jammu. All the three were rushed to hospital and are out of danger, he said.
This is the first suicide attack in Kashmir in the last 3 years with the last such incident taking place in Jan 2010.
"Five jawans have been martyred and seven have been injured," IGP(Kashmir) Abdul Gani Mir told reporters at the spot. Four to five CRPF jawans were among the injured. He said it was not immediately clear whether there were two or three terrorists who hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate firing at the CRPF camp. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Two fidayeen (suicide militants) were neutralised and searches are going on," Mir said. He said the group affiliation and identity of the terrorists killed in the incident was a matter of investigation.
The CRPF camp at Bemina is surrounded by the Police Public School and many government buildings. However, the school was closed due to strike called by separatists in support of their demand for return of mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.
"It was a fidayeen attack - both the terrorists who were involved in the attack have been killed-- attack has been neutralised", Omar said.
A senior CRPF official said the terrorists lobbed several grenades and resorted to heavy firing at a detachment of the paramilitary force near the school ground where some people were playing cricket.
This is the first suicide attack in Kashmir in the last three years with the last such incident taking place in January 2010. On March 2, terrorists had shot dead two policemen in Handwara area of Kupwara district.