Eight CRPF jawans killed in shootout in Pulwama district

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Srinagar: Eight CRPF personnel were killed in a shootout in Pulwama district of south Kashmir when militants on Saturday afternoon attacked a patrol on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. A police official said two militants were also killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Preliminary reports suggest heavily armed militants laid an ambush near Pampore’s Frestbal area, around 30 km south of Srinagar, and opened fire on a CRPF bus.

The Road Opening Party (ROP) of the CRPF retaliated and, in the fierce gun battle that ensued.

This is fourth attack of militants in the Valley in the past two days. While three attacks were carried out in Sopore, one IED was defused in Srinagar.

Two AK-47 rifles, ammunition and six hand grenades were recovered from the two terrorists who were shot dead.

“The attackers had 11 magazines and 147 rounds of AK-47 ammunition which shows that they were extremely well prepared, Mr Prasad said.

In an another encounter today in Baramulla, two terrorists have been killed by the security forces.

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.