J&K: 5 CRPF soldiers killed, 2 injured in terrorist attack
Five CRPF soldiers lost their lives and two others were injured when terrorists opened fire at a CRPF and police patrol team in Jammu & Kashmir's Anantnag on Wednesday. The attack took place at KP Road in Anantnag, said IG CRPF, Zulfikar Hasan. He also added there were two terrorists and one of them was killed in the exchange of fire. Here's more.
Anantnag (JK) terrorist attack: Two CRPF personnel have lost their lives, 3 CRPF personnel injured, SHO Anantnag also critically injured. One terrorist neutralized. pic.twitter.com/gO37tjnDNf— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
#WATCH Jammu Kashmir: Gunshots heard at the site of Anantnag terrorist attack in which 3 CRPF personnel have lost their lives 2 have been injured, SHO Anantnag also critically injured. 1 terrorist has been neutralized in the operation. (Visuals deferred by unspecified time) pic.twitter.com/Uspen8iC4p— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
According to Hasan, there were two masked terrorists who came on a bike and attacked the security personnel at KP Road, reported India Today. Meanwhile, news agency ANI reported that the SHO of Anantnag was critically injured in the terrorist attack.
The Station House Officer (SHO) of Anantnag Police Station, Arshad Ahmed, who was injured, has been reportedly shifted to Srinagar for treatment, according to officials. Officials added that there were at least two terrorists who attacked the patrol team with automatic rifles and also hurled grenades at the forces. An unidentified civilian has also been killed in the gunfight, said reports.
Pakistan-based terror outfit, Al-Umar Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attack, reported Kashmiri news agency GNS. Al-Umar Mujahideen is led by Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, one of the terrorists India released along with Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in return for passengers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 hijacked in 1999. Notably, this attack comes only months after Jaish-e-Mohammed's suicide attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel.