WEB DESK /SRINAGAR
Five CRPF personnel and two terrorists were killed in a terror attack at CRPF camp headquarters at Lethpora in Pulwama district in Jammu and kashmir today. Earlier it was reported that three terrorists have been killed.
CRPF spokesman told media that three other CRPF personnel were also injured in the gunfight which began after a fidayeen terrorist group attacked the camp in the wee hours today. The exchange of fire was on when reports last came in. Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. Details are awaited.
CRPF Public Relations Officer (PRO) Rajesh Yadav told media that the militants fired indiscriminately injuring three CRPF personnel.
Two injured personnel later succumbed to injuries. One of the injured personnel was identified as Saifuddin, a resident of Nowgam in Srinagar, officials said.
Director General of Police S P Vaid said forces had an input about an impending militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.
“There was an input from the last two-three days.They (militants) were trying.They probably could not get a place and time earlier.So, they struck last night, Vaid told reporters.
The CRPF camp also serves as training centre for troops inducted for counter-militancy operations in Kashmir Valley.
CM Mehbooba condemns killing of CRPF men
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the killing of five CRPF men, including an officer, in a Fidayeen attack at a CRPF training centre in Lethpora area of Pulwama district today.
Terming the act as dastardly, the Chief Minister said “violence has taken a heavy toll of the society in the State in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of the social fabric, inflicting massive economic, academic and social losses besides the irreparable loss of human lives.”
The Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the troopers killed in the attack. She also conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families of the slain men.