4 soldiers killed in suicide attack on J&K Army camp
4 November 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: A suicide squad of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) struck at an Army camp, triggering a fierce encounter in which four soldiers and a militant were killed and five Jawans injured in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, official sources said Sunday. The attack comes a day after the United States designated the LeT and the Jaish- e-Mohammed (JeM) as ''terrorist organisations''. A defence spokesman told Times News Network that three militants barged into a Rashtriya Rifles camp after hurling grenades. The militants, dressed in Army fatigue, fired RPGs and grenades at the main gate of the camp at Dayalgam, about 60 km from here, around 9 pm Saturday and two of them managed to enter the camp. In the crossfire, which lasted over two hours, three Jawans were killed and six injured. One of the Jawans later succumbed to injuries, they said. Immediately after the attack on the camp, troops launched a search operation but abandoned it later as the militants were in Army uniform, they said. A militant, who had taken shelter inside a wooden structure, opened fire and lobbed grenades when troops moved in for a search operation Sunday and was killed in retaliatory fire, the sources said. However, his other accomplice could not be traced, they said, adding it was suspected that only one militant had intruded into the camp while his accomplices provided fire cover to him from outside and slipped away.A search operation has been launched in the villages adjacent to the camp to trace the militants. Confirming the attack, a defence spokesman said four Jawans and a Pakistani militant were killed. Meanwhile, claiming responsibility, an LeT spokesman said three of its activists — Abu Hashim and Abu Muslim (both Kashmiris) and Abu Umar (Pakistani) — were involved in the attack. He claimed eight soldiers were killed in the attack, adding Abu Umar had returned to his hideout. Elsewhere in the state, an exfiltration bid by militants was scuttled by the security forces and 29 people, including 23 militants and a Jawan, were killed in stepped-up violence since Saturday night.The exfiltration attempt by 15 militants, belonging to the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Tehreek-e-Jehadi Islami and the Hizbul Mujahideen, was scuttled by the security forces in Loren area of Poonch district early Sunday, when troops shot dead 10 militants and arrested five, the sources said. This is the second single major operation to foil an infiltration-exfiltration bid in three days.The sources said a Jawan was killed in an encounter with militants in Niram village in Udhampur district Saturday night. A civilian was also killed in the shootout. The militants fired at security forces at Taranah Nallah near Dayalechok in Kathua district and in the retaliatory action, one militant was killed. Militants shot dead a timber smuggler, Nazir Ahmad Bhat at Khigam in Pulwama district, while the body of an unidentified person was found in Dedikote in Kupwara district.