Militants in cricket uniforms entered CRPF camp, opened fire

Srinagar: Five paramilitary police were killed on Wednesday in an ambush on security forces in Srinagar carried out by two militants who were then shot dead, a senior officer said.

"Five of our CRPF jawans (officers of the Central Reserve Police Force) were martyred," a senior officer told reporters at the scene in the Bemina area of Srinagar which is home to a camp for security forces and a police-run school.

Another six jawans were injured in the attack which was carried out on an open field where 25 officers were on duty and children were playing cricket, police said. Sources said the terrorists entered the complex wearing white cricket uniforms and carrying what looked like a sports bag, from which they pulled out automatic rifles and ammunition.

Kashmir has been tense since the execution in February of Afzal Guru, who belonged to Sopore in the Kashmir Valley.  He had been convicted for assisting the deadly 2001 attack on Parliament.  

Attacks in Srinagar have become rare in recent years, with the last major incident in October when gunmen attacked a popular hotel, killing a bellboy and leaving at least two other people injured.
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