Fidayeen attack: 1 CRPF jawan martyred, 2 injured, firing continues in Kashmir.

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/31/2017 11:43:50 AM

Srinagar, Dec 31: A jawan was reportedly martyred and two others were injured when militants stormed into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the wee hours of Sunday in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where encounter was going on when the reports last came in, official sources said.

The internet service in the area has been suspended to prevent rumours while traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway and train service remained unaffected.

Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came five days after top commander of the outfit Noor Mohammad Tantray was killed in an encounter with security forces at Samboora in Pulwama.

A police spokesman, taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, said, ''Encounter going on at @crpfindia group centre Letpora Awantipora. 50 RR 185 Bn CRPF & Police on job. Firing going on. Details being collected.''

Official sources told UNI that a group of two to three militants hurled grenades and resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons on the sentry posted at main gate of 185 Battallion CRPF camp at Lathpora in Pulwama. In the initial attack, three CRPF personnel were injured, they said, adding that the militants later managed to enter the camp.

The injured were rushed to Army hospital where one of them reportedly succumbed.

They said Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and CRPF personnel have joined the operation against the militants. Security forces have cordoned off entire camp from outside to prevent any attack.

Exchange of fire between the militants trapped inside the camp and security forces was going on when the reports last came in.
Senior security forces and police officers have reached the spot to supervise the operation, they said.
Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, passing through Pulwama, was not affected, a traffic police official told UNI. Similarly, trains also continued to chug in the valley, including from Srinagar to Banihal in Jammu region via south Kashmir.



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