June 2017 News

Lashkar Behind Sumbal Attack

6 June 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: A day after a fidayeen attack was foiled in north Kashmir's Bandipora district, the J&K Police today said the four militants killed in the gunfight belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba. The investigators are, however, not sure whether the slain militants were fresh infiltrators or had already been operating in the area. In the wee hours on Monday, the security forces foiled a major fidayeen attack at Sumbal, Bandipora, by killing four heavily armed foreign militants who intended to set the Central Reserve Police Force camp on fire to cause massive casualties. The CRPF Director General, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, and Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid today visited the camp and interacted with the men who foiled the attack, appreciating their work. 'We succeeded in foiling the fidayeen attack and the Jammu and Kashmir Police also helped us. There is a great coordination between the forces,' Bhatnagar told reporters after visiting the camp. The DGP awarded the security men at the camp who foiled the fidayeen attack. 'The fidayeen belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba. They didn't appear to be locals, their identification is being ascertained,' Vaid said. The DGP, however, said that they were investigating whether they were fresh infiltrators or had been active in the area. Police sources said the Lashkar was active in the area and many of its men had been killed in encounters this year. The post-mortem of the slain militants could not be done yesterday due to clashes that broke out in the area after the gunfight. After medical examination, the bodies of the four militants were taken to Baramulla for burial.