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Suicide attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, 2005

January 7-8

Four security force (SF) personnel, including a Deputy Commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF), one civilian and two terrorists are killed and four persons, including a security officer, sustain injuries when a two-member Fidayeen (suicide squad) attacked the Income Tax (IT) office in the capital Srinagar. The multi-storeyed building housing the IT office caught fire during the gun-battle. Over 70 people, including 50 officials of the IT Department and visitors, trapped inside are later rescued. The Al-Mansooran, suspected to be a front outfit of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 24

Three police personnel, a woman employee of the Revenue Department and two terrorists are killed and four persons sustain injuries during a Fidayeen attack at the Divisional Commissioner's office in the capital Srinagar. Al Badr outfit has taken responsibility for the attack and identified the terrorists as Irfan Bhai and Sikandar Bhai, residents of Gujarat in Pakistan.

March 30

Two terrorists and a paramilitary soldier are killed when a group of two Fidayeen terrorists attempted to storm a BSF post at Arampora in the Sopore town of Baramulla district.

April 6

Two Fidayeen terrorists attack the Tourist Reception Centre in the heart of Srinagar, accommodating 24 passengers of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus. Both the terrorists are killed in the ensuing gun-battle and seven persons are injured. 45 persons, including the passengers, are subsequently evacuated to safety. The entire building, housing a number of departments including Tourism, Wildlife, Fisheries, State Road Transport Corporation, J&K Tourism Development Corporation, Northern Railways, Post Office, and Indian Airlines, is destroyed in the blaze. Four terrorist groups, the Al-Nasireen, Save Kashmir Movement, Al-Arifeen and Farzandan-e-Millat, claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 19

Two suicide squad terrorists and a civilian are killed while three police personnel sustain injuries when the latter repulsed a terrorist attack at Commando Group and Sub-Divisional Police Office in the Mendhar town of Poonch district.

July 20

A Major of the Indian Army and two soldiers are among five people killed and 17 persons sustain injuries when a suspected suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into an Army vehicle near Burnhall School in the high-security civil lines area of Srinagar. The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 29

In an attack at Budshah Chowk in the heart of the capital city of Srinagar, terrorists kill two security force (SF) personnel and injure at least 18 civilians, including ten journalists, and four SF personnel. The Al-Mansooran outfit has claimed responsibility for the ‘suicide attack’. The Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen and J&K Islamic Front have also made separate claims.

October 7

Troops foil a suicide squad attack on a BSF camp at the State Bank of India complex in the Sopore area of Baramulla district, killing two terrorists. One soldier dies and 10 others sustain injuries in the exchange of fire between the SFs and terrorists.

November 2

A few hours before the swearing in of Ghulam Nabi Azad as the tenth Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir on, a Fidayeen terrorist detonated a powerful car bomb in the Nowgam area of capital Srinagar near the old residence of outgoing CM, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, killing at least 10 people and injuring 18 others. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has taken responsibility for the attack.

November 14

Two soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and an equal number of civilians are killed while 17 persons, including a Japanese journalist, sustain injuries when terrorists carried out a Fidayeen attack at the business hub of Lalchowk in the capital city of Srinagar. After six hours of the cordon-and-search operation, Police managed to rescue as many as 70 civilians. The Al-Mansooran has taken responsibility for the attack.

November 23

In a Fidayeen attack at Hawal in the outskirts of capital Srinagar, two terrorists and three SF personnel are killed while seven persons are wounded when the former stormed a CRPF company headquarters.


Source: Constructed from media reports





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