5 CRPF personnel martyred, 2 JeM militants killed
Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred while two fidayeen of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed as operation was going on in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where a group of militants stormed into a camp in the wee hours of Sunday.
However, unconfirmed reports said one more militant was killed but bodies of only two have so far been recovered.The internet service in the area has been suspended to prevent rumours while traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway and train service remained unaffected.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came five days after top commander of the outfit Noor Mohammad Tantray was killed in an encounter with security forces at Samboora in Pulwama.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid terming the attack on CRPF camp as unfortunate said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through these incidents.
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and two former CM and NC president and working president Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have condoled the death of CRPF personnel.
A group of three militants hurled grenades and resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons on the sentry posted at main gate of 185 Battallion CRPF camp at Lathpora in Pulwama. In the initial attack, several CRPF personnel were injured, they said, adding that the militants later managed to enter the camp.
The injured were rushed to Army base hospital where five of them succumbed, sources said. Two of the militants were also gunned down, they said adding the operation was still going on as it is believed that one or two militants are still in the building.
One more militant has been killed, they said adding but bodies of only two militants have been recovered so far. Until the body of third militant is recovered nothing can be said with authority, they added.
They said Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and CRPF personnel later joined the operation against the militants, who have entered a building. Security forces have cordoned off entire camp from outside to prevent any attack.
Senior security forces and police officers had already reached the spot to supervise the operation, they said.Dr Vaid told reporters that there were input about militant plan to carry out attack on security forces for the past three weeks. However, this unfortunate attack took place, he said adding as long as Pakistan keep sending militants, such incidents will happen.
Ms Mehbooba has condemned the killing of CRPF jawans, including an officer, in a past-midnight attack at a their training centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Sunday.