Srinagar, Dec 31: At least one paramilitary CRPF personnel was killed and several others were injured after a group of Jaish-e-Muhammad militants attacked their training centre at Letpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district during pre-dawn hours on Sunday.
Official sources told news agency GNS that a group of militants believed to be two in number carried out the fidayeen attack at around 2:30 am by opening indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades inside the camp.
“All the attackers later entered inside the training centre of CRPF 185 bn and engage the troops in a gun battle”, they said.
The 4-storey building consists of 3 blocks, and block-one is used for officer’s family accommodation, 2nd block as main office while block three has been targeted by militants, they said.
“Soon after the attack, reinforcement of army’s special forces and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid fierce gunfight”.
In the initial exchange of gunfight, three paramilitary CRPF have were injured, they said, adding all the injured were evacuated to army’s 92 base hospital in Badamibagh, Srinagar for treatment, they said.
Among them, one Constable Sharif-Ud-Din of Nawgam, however, succumbed to injuries, they said.
Sources said constables Narender, who sustained bullet injuries on his calf muscle and Malve Samadhan, who sustained bullet injuries on his right shoulder, are stated to be out of danger.
When reports last came in, the exchange of firing was going on between the two sides.
CRPF’s spokesman Rajesh Yadhav said that two militants opened indiscriminate fire and injured three personnel who were rushed to hospital where one of them succumbed. “The militants have not been neutralized so far,” he said. (GNS)