5 jawans, 2 terrorists killed in pre-dawn attack on CRPF camp
Srinagar: In a pre-dawn strike, five CRPF men were killed when heavily armed terrorists carried out a suicide attack on a camp of the paramilitary force in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, officials said.
This is the first time local terrorists carried out a suicide attack, which has been claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed.
CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said the two terrorists are Manzoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam (Pulwama) and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Nazeempora (Tral). Khanday is the son a serving policeman.
"Five CRPF jawans have been martyred, and three others are injured. The bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered. We believe another terrorist has also been killed, but the body has not been retrieved," Yadav said.
The paramilitary force's officials in Delhi said the two terrorists are reportedly from Jaish-e-Mohammed and their bodies have been recovered with arms and ammunition. Also, in a statement issued to news agencies here, the JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Yadav said the deceased personnel are Inspector Kuldip Roy from Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh), Head Constable Taufail Ahmed of Rajouri (J&K), constables Sharief-ud-din Ganaie of Chadoora in Budgam (J&K), Rajendra Nain of Churu (Rajasthan) and PK Panda of Sundargarh (Odisha).
"One or two terrorists are still holed up, but firing has stopped. Forces are continuing the search operation," he said
"The heavily armed terrorists stormed the camp at about 2 am. They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons. Camp sentries challenged them," another CRPF official said, adding they fired indiscriminately injuring three personnel.
Terming the attack "unfortunate", Jammu and Kashmir's Director General of Police S P Vaid said security forces had input about an imminent militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.