SRINAGAR: THE Afzal Guru Squad (AGS) of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was behind Saturday’s fidayeen attack on District Police Lines (DPL) in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“AGS. This is the revenge for Afzal Guru,” read a message on a pillar of one of the damaged buildings of DPL stormed by a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide squad.
A security official said AGS means Afzal Guru Squad. Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the Parliament attack case, was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
Three fidayeen of Jaish had in a pre-dawn attack stormed the DPL in Pulwama district. In the more than 18-hour-long encounter, three Jaish militants and eight security men, including four policemen and four paramilitary CRPF men, were killed. About a dozen security personnel were injured.
The security official said it seemed that the AGS was involved in the fidayeen attack. He said the militants were heavily armed and well trained. “They may have been pushed into J&K to carry out fidayeen attack on security installations,” the official said.
He identified the slain militants as Dawood, Abu Bakar and Abu Saad, all Pakistani nationals. He said security agencies have launched an investigation to ascertain how the militants managed to storm the heavily fortified district police lines. “We are probing whether it was a security lapse,” he said.
A police officer said they were investigating whether the militants had recently infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir.
The attack was the second major fidayeen attack launched by Jaish militants in Kashmir within a year.
Earlier on September last year, four fidayeen of Jaish had stormed an army base in Uri, killing 19 soldiers and injuring over two dozens others.
10 days after the deadly militant attack, army had conducted surgical strikes on militant launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) inflicting heavy casualties on militants.
Meanwhile, three policemen, constable Imtiyaz Ahmad Sheikh, SPO Mohammad Yousuf Hajam and SPO Mohammad Rafiq Hajam, who were killed in the fidayeen attack, were buried in their respective villages.
A police nursing orderly Amarjit Singh, who also died in the attack, was cremated in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.