Modi expresses pain over death of CRPF personnel in J&K


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday night expressed pain over the death of eight CRPF personnel in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir and saluted their courage.

“I salute the courage of the CRPF personnel martyred today in J&K. They served the nation with utmost dedication. Pained by their demise,” he tweeted.

“My thoughts are with the families of those martyred today. May those injured recover soon,” he said in another tweet.

In the deadliest attack on security forces in recent years, 21 CRPF personnel were also critically wounded when terrorists rained bullets on the bus carrying them at Pampore, near Srinagar, in what appeared to be a Fidayeen attack carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Earlier, headlines everyday reported that eight CRFP 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.