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BSF Camp Attack: JeM Terrorists Originally Targeted Srinagar Airport

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| October 4 , 2017 , 09:07 IST

The suicide attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists on the 182 battalion headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday morning had originally been planned for Srinagar Airport for which terrorists had already conducted reconnaissance, intelligence sources revealed.

"It appears that JeM terrorists had conducted a recce of the airport to carry out a spectacular attack there and grab international attention, but since they couldn't find a way to breach the airport security, they decided to attack the BSF camp," said an officer to TOI.

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The Srinagar airport, the original target of JeM terrorists, is one of the most secure installations in Jammu and Kashmir with the civil airport secured by the CRPF while the technical areas and outer periphery is maintained by the BSF and the Air Force.

After the terrorist attack on the BSF camp, security forces launched a swift retaliation during which assistant sub-inspector B K Yadav was killed and 3 others injured. In the ensuing operation, 3 militants were neutralised.

According to reports, the militants killed during the attack on the BSF camp were a part of JeM's 11-member 'Afzal Guru Squad' which infiltrated into India on August 16 night in two groups. While the first group of 7 members crossed the LoC at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, the second group entered India through Gurdaspur from Pakistani Punjab.

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Three members of the 'Afzal Guru Squad' was also reportedly responsible for the August 26 attack on Pulwama district police lines which resulted in the death of 8 security personnel. During the Pulwama attack, the suicide attackers wrote 'Afzal Guru Squad' on the wall of police lines, an officer said.

"The others were since hiding waiting to target camps of military, BSF, CRPF or Jammu and Kashmir police. Three terrorists killed on Tuesday near Srinagar airport are part of same squad," said a source.

Meanwhile, 5 members of the 'Afzal Guru Squad' continue to be at large and accordingly all security forces' camps are on high alert.