Jammu: Border Security Force (BSF) said on Thursday its convoy was not the target of the terrorists who killed two troopers and injured 11 on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Wednesday.
“Our convoy was not the target of the terrorists. They were waiting for some other target when our vehicles reached the spot,” Rakesh Kumar, Inspector General (IG) BSF, told reporters here.
The IG paid tribute to the two BSF troopers who were killed, saying: “They fought valiantly and also those who got injured in the attack.”
“Our boys prevented the terrorists from entering the vehicle and if the terrorists had managed to enter the vehicle, the damage would have been much heavier.”
The officer said that he cannot comment on disclosures made by the terrorist who was captured.
Asked whether the group was the same that carried out the Gurdaspur terror strike, the BSF officer said: “I cannot say whether the group was the same that carried out the Gurdaspur terror strike or not.”
“There are other agencies who are working to find out…,” he said.
A solemn wreath-laying function was held inside the BSF headquarters here to honour the two troopers killed in Wednesday’s attack.
The son of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a suicide attack mission in the city of Homs in western Syria, according to the IS media al-Nashir News.
Posting the photograph of a young boy, purportedly Hudhayfah al-Badri, al-Baghdadi’s son, the outlet said he lost his life in an operation against the Russian forces deployed in Homs and the Syrian government forces, referred to as Nusayriyyah by IS.
“Hudhayfah al-Badri (may Allah accept him), the son of the Caliph (may Allah safeguard him), was killed in an inghimasi [suicide] operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs Willayah,” the news outlet reported.
Inghimasi refers to suicide operations in which a fighter, clad with explosive belt and armed with regular weapons, attacks an enemy position before detonating himself to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.
The U.S. military said it has seen the reports of al-Badri’s death but declined any confirmation.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an attack on forces outside the Coalition. We have nothing more to provide,” U.S. Central Command told VOA.
An Iraqi national, al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the Islamic State caliphate in the city of Mosul in June 2014 and made himself its caliph. The leader has since become the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head.
Al-Baghdadi’s fate is still unknown, with various reports claiming his death and injury several times, including a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that he might have been hit by a Russian airstrike in 2017.
Those claims have been rejected by U.S. officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.
Al-Baghdadi’s infamous role in IS has put a spotlight on his family. In March 2014, al-Baghdadi’s wife, Sujidah al-Dulaimi, was released, along with her two sons and daughter, in exchange for 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.