Search operation called off after Baramulla attack, militants escape

Search operation called off after Baramulla attack, militants escape

Srinagar, Oct 3 (IANS) The over six-hour long search operation against militants was called off on Monday morning as the security forces said the attackers had failed to breach the security parameters of the army camp in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town.

One Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed and another injured late Sunday night when a group of heavily armed guerrillas attacked the camp of counter insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Baramulla.

“Militants with suicide intent used grenades and heavy automatic gunfire to enter the camp in Janbazpora,” a senior police official said.

“They first attacked the outpost of the camp which is guarded by the BSF,” a senior police officer said.

“The attempt of the ‘Fidayeen’ militants to enter the camp was foiled by the security forces.”

The officer said a massive search operation was launched to locate the militants immediately after the two-hour long gunfire exchange stopped.

“After six hours, the search operation was called off and traffic restored in the area,” he said.

The suicide attack at the 46 RR camp is the first such assault in the wake of the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on September 29 morning across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

On September 18, militants had killed 19 soldiers and injured 29 others in the garrison town of Uri, which is also located in the same district.

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