The two fidayeens killed in the CRPF camp have been identified as local recruits who had joined terror ranks barely two to three months ago. This throws light on the imminent danger that awaits as the Jaish-e-Mohommad (JeM) is adding a dangerous dimension to the ongoing unrest by turning local cadres into fidayeens (member of a suicide squad).
Just a day after the dastardly attack on CRPF forces at Lethpora in Jammu and Kashmir, a shocking video showing a 16-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist has surfaced. In the video, the youth who is the son of a policeman could be seen talking about a plan to attack the parliamentary camp.
The viral video is a testimony to the fact that Pakistan is brainwashing youth in the J&K to disrupt peace in the region.
Some of the officers said that this is the first time a “fidayeen” or a suicide attacker has shared such a provocative video message before an attack.
The issue of locals being brainwashed by terror groups in the Valley has become a serious concern for the cops.
On Sunday, five CRPF troopers were killed during a gun battle with JeM terrorists. One of the terrorists who died was the 16-year-old son of a police officer from the Valley. All the terrorists have been killed and combing operations have begun in the area.
This is first time local terrorists carried out a suicide attack, which has been claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.
CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav identified the fidayeens as Fardeen Ahmad Khanday of Nazeenpora, Tral, and Manzoor Ahmad Baba of Drubgam, Pulwama in south Kashmir.
In a clear departure from the policy of using Pakistan nationals as fidayeens to storm camps, the Jaish has used two local boys to carry out a suicide attack. And, it is after decades that locals have carried out a fidayeen attack in Kashmir.
Fardeen was a 16-year-old school dropout and the son of a policeman from Tral area, who had joined terrorism a few months ago. Baba had also joined terrorism hardly two months ago. In fact, Baba’s family had made an emotional appeal for his homecoming, taking cue from the footballer turned militant Majid Khan, who returned after his mother made a fervent appeal.
Terming the attack “unfortunate”, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police S P Vaid said security forces had input about an imminent militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.
He said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through this.
“There was an input from the last two-three days. They(militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night,” Vaid told reporters here.
The CRPF camp also serves as a training centre for troops inducted for counter-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley.
A Jammu and Kashmir Police team is also co-located with CRPF in this camp.