Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been killed and two personnels sustained injuries after their patrol team was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. A police inspector and a civilian have also been injured in the firing.
As per reports out of the two terrorists who attacked the team, one was killed by security forces. The incident took place at KP Road in Anantnag. The terrorists fired at the team with automatic rifles and hurled grenades.
Station House Officer of Anantnag Police Station, Arshad Ahmed, was injured in the attack and has been shifted to Srinagar for treatment.
This attack comes as the state administration is preparing for the annual Amarnath Yatra that would begin next month. The 46-day pilgrimage is scheduled to start from two routes, one of which passes through Anantnag.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah have condemned the attack.
This is the worst attack since 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide blast carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama district early this year, which also resulted into an aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan.
Source : Various