Militants intended prolonged siege, extensive damage: Rajnath

BK News Bureau/New Delhi
June 6, 2017 TOP STORIES 149 Views
Militants intended prolonged siege, extensive damage: Rajnath

The militants, who tried to storm a CRPF camp in a pre-dawn “suicide attack” in Jammu and Kashmir, intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage, home minister Rajnath Singh claimed on Monday.
Giving the details of the attack in which four suspected militants were killed while attacking CRPF’s Sumbal camp in Bandipora district, Singh said the heavily-armed “fidayeen” militants approached the paramilitary camp with the intent of breaching it.
“The militants were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations. It indicated that the militants intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage,” he said in a statement.
The home minister said the militants attempted entry by cutting the wire fencing and also forcing their entry by shooting at the sentry.
“The sentries responded with alacrity and returned their fire. Heavy exchange of fire took place during which the militants lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,” he said.
However, Singh said, the CRPF, in cooperation with force from the adjoining Jammu and Kashmir Police camp “shot dead all the four militants.”
The home minister said the CRPF men and the Jammu and Kashmir Police showed exemplary courage and valour by thwarting the militants’ attempt and in eliminating them.
He said a massive recovery of arms and ammunition, including grenades, explosives and automatic weapons, has been made from neutralised militants.
“It is inspiring to see CRPF men staying awake all night and maintaining tight vigil, and to see the Jammu and Kashmir Police coming to the CRPF’s assistance quickly,” he said.
Singh congratulated the CRPF, particularly, its 45th battalion, and the Jammu and Kashmir Police for their “alertness and unmatched courage”. “Their joint efforts have brought glory to our forces,” he said.
The home minister said all the “brave officers and men” posted at Sumbal camp “need to be cited for their alertness and unmatched bravery”.

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