Incident Summary:

12/31/2017: Assailants armed with grenades and firearms launched a fidayeen attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Lethapora, Jammu and Kashmir, India. At least three assailants and five CRPF officers were killed and three CRPF officers were injured in the assault and ensuing clash. The Afzal Guru Squad, a subgroup of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201712310005

When:
2017-12-31

Country:
India

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir

City:
Lethapora

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Pulwama district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
Specific Description Camp
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenades and AK-47 assault rifles loaded with armor-piercing ammunition were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Kuldip Roy, Taufail Ahmed, Saif-u-Din Ganie, Rajendra, and PK Panda. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Afzal Guru Squad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Three soldiers killed in Indian-administered Kashmir attack," Press Trust of India, December 31, 2017."
"Fidayeen used armour-piercing bullets in Lethpora attack: report," Greater Kashmir, January 4, 2018."
"Kashmir gunbattle ends after 16 hrs, body of third jihadi recovered: CRPF," Times of India (Electronic Edition), January 2, 2018."