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BSF jawan dead in J-K ambush
Majid Jahangir/TNS

Srinagar, March 21
Barely a week after fidayeen (suicide) attackers struck in the Bemina area of Srinagar, killing five CRPF personnel, suspected militants today opened fire at a BSF convoy on the outskirts of the city, resulting in the death of one jawan and injuries to two.

The police said that the attack took place at Gulshan Nagar Crossing at Nowgam on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway bypass at 7.45 am when two BSF vehicles were on way to Panthachowk in Srinagar.

Scores of vehicles belonging to security personnel ply on this road and it is always secured by the Road Opening Party (ROP) before the movement of Army convoys. The Thursday attack took place before the road was secured by the ROP.

“Militants fired at a BSF vehicle on the outskirts of Srinagar. Three personnel were injured,” Deputy Inspector General (Kashmir) Ahfad-ul-Mujtaba said. The driver of the BSF vehicle, which came under attack, continued driving it and finally stopped one kilometre ahead, said the DIG. The BSF personnel were admitted to 92 Base Hospital of the Army at Badamibagh Cantonment, where Constable Krishen Kalita from Assam succumbed to injures. The condition of the two other jawans --- Hem Singh and Saikia --- was stated to be stable, sources said. IG, BSF, PS Sandhu said his men did not retaliate despite provocation.”Had the boys retaliated, I fear lot of civilians casualties would have occurred,” he said.

A manhunt was launched to nab the militants. Two militant outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamit=ul Mujahideen told a local news agency in Srinagar that its cadres had carried out the attack. Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, disguised as cricketers, had stormed a CRPF camp in the Bemina area killing five personnel on March 13.





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