Incident Summary:

11/13/2017: Assailants threw grenades and opened fire at a joint Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rashtriya Rifles checkpoint in Zacheldara, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Two assailants were killed and one police officer was injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, police officials identified the assailants as members of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). Separately, sources also attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Kupwara district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Rashtriya Rifles
Specific Description Joint Checkpoint
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
Specific Description Joint Checkpoint
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A grenade and a pistol were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) No
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"TWO MILITANTS GUNNED DOWN IN J&K'S HANDWARA," Hindustan Times, November 14, 2017.
"2 Hizb militants killed in Handwara gunfight: Police," Greater Kashmir, November 13, 2017.
"Two militants killed, cop injured Handwara: Police," Kashmir News Service, November 13, 2017.