Jaish-e-Mohammed Claims Responsibility For Pulwama CRPF Camp Attack

| January 1 , 2018 , 08:03 IST

Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, which resulted in the death of 5 CRPF jawans and 2 terrorists.

A third terrorist managed to slip past the security cordon while a fourth is suspected of being hidden in the area. All the 4 terrorists are believed to be Kashmiris, with the slain terrorists being identified as Manzoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam Pulwama and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Nazeen Pora Tral.

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The Jaish statement to local media said: "The blood of martyrs is yielding results... Talha Rasheed, Mohammad Bhai, commander Noor Mohammad Tantray and all other martyrs of Kashmir are not heirless."

The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group had suffered a major setback when recently one of its top commanders Noor Mohammad Tantray was killed by Indian security forces, while JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar's nephew Talha Rasheed was killed in November.  

According to reports, the fidayeen (suicide squad) attack was intended to avenge the killing of Noor.

"There was an input from the last two-three days. The militants were trying (to attack). They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck late last night," J&K director general of police (DGP) S P Vaid told reporters on Sunday.