Terrorist attack on AIR station in Srinagar
28 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
Srinagar: Terrorists launched a rocket attack on Srinagar Station of All India Radio on Thursday evening damaging some equipment, and two persons were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir while police foiled plan to trigger a series of explosions in the city, official sources said. A single rocket, fired by terrorists around 6:00 pm, pierced the music room of the heavily-guarded AIR building located in the heart of the city damaging a window and some equipment, the sources said adding that no one was injured in the blast. However, the deafening sound of the blast triggered panic among the employees. The pro-Pakistan Al-bader terrorist outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack saying its activists fired a missile towards the government-run electronic media centre. Senior police and security officials immediately reached the site and inspected the scene where the rocket exploded. ''We are ascertaining were the terrorists carried out the attack from,'' a security official said. The rocket was supposed to be fired from the front portion as the music room is located near the main gate. Security has been further tightened in the city following the attack, the sources said. earlier in the day, police foiled a plan to cause a series of explosions in the city as they recovered four powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IED''S) from a school at Maharajgunj in downtown Srinagar. The IEDs were prepared by terrorists, using fire extinguishers, but they escaped minutes before police along with BSF and CRPF raided the school, a police spokesman said. He said the terrorists had completed 90 per cent of the job when a joint patrol party went to the school building following specific information about suspicious movement of some persons in the premises. The school is closed for winter vacations. The recovery of the deadly devices on the eve of Jumat-Ul-Vida (last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan) dealt a severe blow to the terrorists, The spokesman said adding the IED''s apparently to at targeting important people or religious gatherings to create fear among people. A massive hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists who managed to give a slip to the police, he said.