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Pak terrorists may be behind CRPF camp attack, says Home Secy

Mar 13, 2013 11:30 AM IST India India

Srinagar: 3:09 pm: The police declares the area safe after doing a thorough search for two terrorists who allegedly escaped Bemina area in Srinagar.

1:57 pm: Union Home Secretary adds, "Terrorists killed don't seem to be locals but from across the border, probably Pakistan. We had inputs that four militants have entered, have alerted our troops to lookout for two more militants who escaped."

1:41 pm: Union Home Secretary RK Singh says, "Some boys were playing cricket and CRPF jawans were on standby. These militants took AK47 out and started firing. Both the terrorists have been killed. We have lost 5 men, 5 injured but out of danger. Three civilians have been injured and the terrorists seem to be from across the border, not locals."

1:17 pm: Two terrorist have reportedly escaped from the attack site in Bemina, Srinagar.

1:11 pm: Stone pelting reported outside Bemina CRPF camp in Srinagar.

1:04 pm: An eyewitness says, "I was playing. I don't know what happened suddenly."

12:51 pm: National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah says, "This is part of the game we have to play, our enemies will continue to do this. I have seen worse than this, we will face them. Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will have to go. We have been saying AFSPA is needed only at borders."

12:44 pm: Central Kashmir DIG Afadul Mujtaba says, "Separatists had made a strike call today. We had our deployment here, some children were playing cricket. The militants got mixed up with them and carried grenades in sports kit."

12:36 pm: DG CRPF to fly to Srinagar later in the day in the wake of a terror attack at a CRPF camp in Bemina, Srinagar.

12:34 pm: The law and order was handed over to Jammu and Kashmir Police as the situation showed signs of improvement. However, in the last few weeks CRPF has been asked to help the police in maintaining law and order.

12:29 pm: Tazim Wahidi, school principal says, "School was closed, there is nothing to worry and everything is safe."

12:25 pm: SSP, Srinagar Ashiq Hussain Bukhari says, "It was a suicidal attack. Five CRPF jawans killed, 3 CRPF jawans and 3 civilians are injured in the attack."

12:22 pm: Three civilians have also been injured in the terror attack at a police school in Bemina, Srinagar.

12:18 pm: Around 100 policemen deployed at Bemina to help out CRPF personnel in handling the situation.

12:14 pm: Firing stops and police says no civilians have been injured in the fidayeen attack in Bemina, Srinagar.

12:10 pm: Bemina area in Srinagar is very important as it is used by Army columns moving towards Baramulla, Kupwara and the Line of Control.

12:08 pm: Forensic experts have reached the spot and are scanning the area in Bemina.

12:06 pm: PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti says violence is not going to solve anything. "We condemn this attack," says Mehbooba.

12:01 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah makes statement in state Assembly. "Today five CRPF jawans were killed and four to five were injured in the fidayeen attack at a CRPF camp in Srinagar at 10:45 am," says Omar.

11:59 am: Firing has started again at the CRPF camp in Bemina, Srinagar.

At least five security personnel were killed while two attackers were also shot dead in a major fidayeen (suicide) attack by a group of suspected terrorists on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar's Bemina area on Wednesday morning.

The attack also left another seven CRPF personnel injured. The area houses several vital installations including a police school.

However, the school was shut and no children were injured in the attack. Theere was a bandh called in Srinagar protesting agaisnt Afzal Guru's execution. IG, Srinagar SM Sahai said, "The kids were playing outside when the attack happened. Both the militants have been killed."

The firing went on for 20 to 30 minutes. This is the first major attack on the security forces in the last few years. The last major attack on security forces was in 2010 when a CRPF camp in Lal Chowk, Srinagar was targeted.

No terror group has taken the responsibility for the attack yet. Police and CRPF personnel have launched a manhunt in Srinagar.

The attack comes days after the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru which had led to wide spread protests in the state.

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