New Delhi: 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 said today.
Giving the details of the attack in which four militants were killed while attacking CRPF’s Sumbal camp in Bandipora district, Singh said the heavily-armed “fidayeen” approached the paramilitary camp with the intent of breaching it.
“The terrorists were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations which indicates they intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage,” he said in a statement.
The home minister said the group of heavily armed 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 terrorists lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,” he said.
However, Singh said, the Central Reserve Police Force, in cooperation with force from the adjoining Jammu and Kashmir Police camp shot dead all the four militants.