March 2004 News

Jaish Strike On Camp Foiled, Militant Killed

11 March 2004
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Militants today made a bid to storm an Army camp in Pulwama and were holed up in a building behind a school after the attack was foiled. One of them was killed in the firing along with two Army jawans and a civilian. The gunbattle was on till last reports came in. Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack. More than 200 girls were evacuated from the Primary Garrison school as the security forces opened fire on the militants. Around 9.30 am, two or three militants hurled grenades towards the firing range of the 32 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Khrew and fired indiscriminately. The forces retaliated, pushing back the militants into a building behind the government school adopted by the Army. A Defence spokesperson denied that the militants had entered the camp. JeM called up local newsagencies here to claim responsibility for the attack, a second in two days in the Valley. Officiating commandant of 15 corp Battle School Lt Col Kulwant Singh said the aim of the militants was probably to inflict maximum casualties on the security forces. 'It was a kind of a fidayeen attack because the militants attacked us from very close distance,' he said. 'Probably they wanted to gain publicity by attacking this school where we train the security forces in counter-terrorism operations,' he added. It was only after a TV crew broke past the security barricade that the militants allowed the students to go. A 21-year-old woman was killed in the crossfire.


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