Srinagar attack: Hizbul claims responsibility

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 13, 2013 18:36 hrs

Banned Kashmir-based terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar's Benima area on Wednesday that killed at least five jawans and injured seven others, media reports said.

The two militants, who were dressed in cricket uniforms, were also killed.

The militants threw grenades and fired indiscriminately after they stormed into a CRPF camp, reports said.

The CRPF camp is located near a school.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri RPN Singh condemned Wednesday's terror attack in Srinagar and described it as an ´act of cowardice´.

In a statement, Singh has expressed deep concern over this unfortunate incident in which five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed.

He has also expressed his ´deep sympathies´ towards the bereaved families of the ´martyred´ CRPF jawans.

Reacting to the attack, Union Home Secretary RK Singh earlier in the day said prima facie evidence suggested that the militants came from Pakistan.

"Prima facie evidence suggests that these militants were from across the border. They were probably from Pakistan," Singh told reporters.

Making a brief statement on the attack, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in the state Assembly: "Today, five CRPF jawans were killed and four to five were injured in the fidayeen (suicide militants) attack at a CRPF camp in Srinagar at 10:45 am."

Jammu and Kashmir´s main opposition Peoples´ Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the attack.

"We condemn this attack...Violence is not going to solve anything," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told media.

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