BSF Camp Attack: Targeted Srinagar Airport

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New Delhi: A day after suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists conducted a suicide attack at the 182 battalion headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF), it has been revealed that the original target was the Srinagar airport.

It has to be noted that Srinagar airport is one of the more security-proof airports is India; the civil airport is guarded by the CRPF whereas the technical area and outer boundary area of the airport are maintained by BSF and Air Force.

A total of three BSF personnel were injured in the attacks while one ASI of the BSF BK Yadav was killed during the attack.

At the end of the operation, sources revealed that the killed JeM members were part of an 11-member ‘Afzal Guru Squad’ and had infiltrated India in two groups in August.

The first group, composed of 7 members, entered the country by crossing the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch, while the second group of four members meandered through Shakargarh in Narowal to Gurdaspur on the Indian side.

Sources also revealed to TOI that three members of this squad were involved in the August 26 attack on Pulwama district police – the one which claimed the life of eight security personnel.

An officer also revealed that during the Pulwama attack, the suicide attackers inscribed ‘Afzal Guru Squad’ on the wall of police lines.

While the attack was foiled by the BSF on Tuesday, it must be noted that five members of the squad have managed to escape, forcing all security forces’ camps to remain on high alert.

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