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Terror attacks in Srinagar show a steady rise


Mufti Islah,CNN-IBN
Mar 18, 2010 at 10:32am IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing a steady increase in the number of terror attacks.

Two months ago Lal Chowk in Srinagar was held to ransom by an audacious fidayeen (suicide) attack. Despite a subsequent security crackdown terrorists have launched attacks in the state capital with renewed vigour.

There have been four lethal attacks in the span of just 10 days.

On March 7 terrorists shot dead a police informer in Bemina and then on March 12 they assassinated a special police officer in Jawahar Nagar. Two days later, a CRPF personnel was killed and five injured in grenade attack in Zaina Kadal and on March 16 one person was killed and five injured in another ambush at Lal Chowk.

The recent surge in terror activities in Srinagar has upset the security applecart.

What is more worrying for the police establishment are the reports that 20 to 25 terrorists are trying to target Srinagar.

Police believe Tuesday's attack was carried out by modules of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Police say the terror modules responsible are mainly based in Tral, Sopore and Bandipore.

"Srinagar is a target and it does not have a module of its own. Terrorists attack Srinagar and go away because Srinagar cannot and does not provide anonymity which is important for terrorists to survive. They come, strike whoever comes in their way and then get away," says Kashmir DIG Hemant Kumar Lohia.

The attacks come at a time when Srinagar is looking to revive its fledgling tourist industry and when government offices shift back to the summer capital from Jammu.

Police say the terrorists' strategy is to use civil unrest and strikes to keep Srinagar on the boil during summer.

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