NEW DELHI: The terrorists, who tried to storm a CRPF camp in a pre-dawn suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.
Giving the details of the attack in which four militants were killed while attacking CRPF’s Sumbal camp in Bandiporadistrict, Singh said “the terrorists were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations indicating that the terrorists intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage.”
The home minister said the terrorists attempted entry by cutting the wire fencing and also forcing their entry by shooting at the sentry.
“The sentries responded with alacrity and returned fire. Heavy exchange of fire took place during which the terrorists lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,” he said.
Singh, however, said the CRPF, in cooperation with force from the adjoining Jammu and Kashmir Police camp shot dead all the four terrorists.
The home minister said the CRPF jawans and the Jammu and Kashmir Police showed exemplary courage and valour by thwarting the terrorists’ attempt and in eliminating them.
He said a massive recovery of arms and ammunition, including grenades, explosives and automatic weapons, has been made from neutralised terrorists.
“It is inspiring to see CRPF men staying awake all night and maintaining tight vigil, and to see the Jammu and Kashmir Police coming to the CRPF’s assistance quickly,” Singh said.