7 Jawans Die In Terror Attack On CRPF Camp
1 January 2008
The Times of India
New Delhi: In a bid to underline their ability to strike at both civilian and security targets at will, three suspected jihadi terrorists killed seven CRPF jawans and a rickshaw puller in a pre-dawn strike on the paramilitary force’s group centre at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. This was the first attack on a security force’s camp in UP. The terrorists in CRPF uniform struck at 3.30am. They also injured six jawans before fleeing the spot. The attack is significant as such strikes on encampments of security forces were confined to Jammu and Kashmir, except for an attack on the Andhra Pradesh STF. The audacious strike seems to have been timed to coincide with a lull after the New Year eve and appears to be part of the jihadi gameplan to push security forces on to the back foot by carefully selecting targets which will grab high media attention. Though the Rampur camp was a paramilitary establishment, it was largely an administrative centre. There is a clear pattern in bazaars, temples, trains, courts, Sufi shrines and some mosques being targeted. The terror tanzims, often operating with local foot soldiers, keep security forces guessing while hoping to stir communal trouble. In the Rampur incident, despite combing operations, none of the attackers, including one who is possibly injured, has been caught. Though no terror outfit claimed responsibility for the attack till late on Tuesday evening, security agencies suspect involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba. The storming of the camp, and the intense firefight that followed, is typical of Lashkar and Jaish operations in Jammu and Kashmir. It speaks of highly motivated and well trained terrorists prepared to die in a terror operation.