2 CRPF jawans, J&K Police officer martyred in Baramulla terror attack

(Representative Photo)
(Representative Photo)

Srinagar/August 17: Terrorists on Monday attacked a joint Naka party in Kreeri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, leaving a Special Police Officer (SPO) and two CRPF personnel martyred.

Officials said that the terrorists fired upon the naka party today morning. The fire, they said, was retaliated by the forces, triggering a brief exchange of fire, in which a Special Police officer (SPO) was killed and two CRPF were personnel wounded.

They said that the injured troopers were rushed to a hospital where they succumbed. The martyred SPO was identified as Muzaffar Ahmad.

Sources said that terrorist had been surrounded by the forces and that reinforcements was rushed to the area to engage terrorists.

This is the second terrorist attack in the valley in the past four days. On Friday, two policemen were killed and another wounded in a terror attack on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar who visited the spot on Monday said that three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists came from the orchards and targeted a joint naka party of police and CRPF at Kreeri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district resulting in the killing of two CRPF men and a special police officer (SPO).

“After checking the statements of eye-witnesses and other technical details, it seems Lashkar men who were three in number carried out the attack near a shallow stream where a joint team was on a normal naka duty,” the Inspector General Police Vijay Kumar told reporters.

He said that police was developing the leads and the attackers will soon be neutralized. Asked about the two back to back terrorist attacks since August 15 and that the terrorists managed to escape, the IGP said the point has already been noted by the police. “At times, terrorists manage to flee. We are developing leads and will neutralize the terrorists involved in the two attacks (including Nowgam) soon,” he said.

Later in the day Indian Army’s Northern Command said in a tweet that two terrorists were killed and weapons and warlike stores were recovered. Joint operation was still in progress at the time of writing this news report.

On yesterday’s Sopore ‘attack’, the IGP said that wasn’t the attack but an operation launched on the basis of terrorist presence. “The terrorists fired few shots and after that no contact was established,” he said.

Meanwhile a major tragedy was averted after police and security forces recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district late late night, officials said today.

A senior police officer said that the IED was planted by terrorists under a bridge near Tujan village in Pulwama district. “This is a bridge between Tujan and Dalwan,” the officer said.

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