Terrorists appear to be from Pak: Shinde

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 10:53 hrs

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said the militants, who attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar's Benima area on Wednesday killing at least five jawans, appeared to be of Pakistani origin.

"There was terrorism attack in Srinagar yesterday. The fidayeen attack happened yesterday at 10.50 am," Shinde said while making a statement in the Lok Sabha amid ruckus by the opposition parties over the issue of suicide attack in Srinagar.

"The tube recovered was manufactured at a factory in Karachi. The terrorists appear to be from outside. Terrorists had diaries on them with telephone numbers that are suspected to be Pakistani," he said.

Shinde said weapons recovered from the militants were ´made in Karachi´.

Pakistan has slammed the Indian government for the accusations that the two terrorists responsible for the suicide attack were Pakistani men.

Banned Kashmir-based terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

Earlier in the day, India´s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the issue of terrorist attack in Srinagar in the Parliament and demanded a statement from the Union Home Minister.

Swaraj asked why Shinde was not present in the Lok Sabha when the Lower House of the Indian Parliament paid homage to the five deceased CRPF jawans.

"It was sad to see that the Home Minister was not present in the House at that moment...Are the top leaders of the government not concerned about terrorism?" Swaraj said.

Swaraj said: "Let us stand together and challenge Pakistan and not challenge each other."

At least five CRPF jawans were killed and seven others were injured as militants stormed into a camp of the forces in Srinagar´s Benima area on Wednesday morning.

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

The militants threw grenades and fired indiscriminately after attacking the camp.

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