SRINAGAR: In terrorists attack today in Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Eight soldiers were killed and 22 injured after a Central Reserve Police Force convoy was ambushed by terrorists . Two terrorists carrying AK-47s and hand grenades were shot dead in retaliatory firing.
The CRPF personnel were returning from a firing practice in Lathpora when their six-vehicle convoy was fired upon on a highway on the outskirts of Srinagar. The injured were rushed to the hospital.
“Five of the injured men are in a very critical condition,” said Durga Prasad, Director General, CRPF.
The two attackers reportedly belonged to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and sources said that there was prior information of a possible attack by the terrorist organisation. “An alert had been issued,” a top official said.
Two other men, said to have accompanied the terrorists, escaped before the attack took place, sources have said.
Condemning the attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Deeply anguished to learn of the death of CRPF personnel in an ambush at Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir today.”
Two AK-47 rifles, ammunition and six hand grenades were recovered from the two terrorists who were shot dead.
This is the fourth attack on security forces in the state within this month. In three previous attacks, five police and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and several others have been injured.
Infiltration has dramatically gone up compared to the previous year. There have been infiltrations by over 50 terrorists in the last five months. Last year, there was zero infiltration in the first four months.