Pulwama attack: Third terrorist's body recovered, Lt Gen Anbu reviews security

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 12:16:52 AM

SRINAGAR: The one of its kind suicide attack, carried out by local terrorists on the last day of 2017 came to an end on Monday with the recovery of body of the third terrorist from debris of the Lathpora CRPF camp in Pulwama, while Northern Army Commander Lt General D Anbu visited forces' units in north Kashmir to review the prevailing security situation.
The counter-operation launched by security forces against the terrorists who attacked the 185 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force's training centre in Pulwama district ended today following the recovery of the body of another terrorist, the police said, adding that his identity was not yet ascertained.
Three AK-47 rifles and eight grenades have also been recovered from the site of the gunfight.
In a pre-dawn strike, five CRPF men were martyred while three others injured when heavily armed terrorists stormed the camp of the paramilitary force at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Sunday, the responsibility of which was claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed, even as the terrorists were local Kashmiris, including a 16-year old boy.
"Finally, the operation has concluded with the recovery of the body of the third terrorist," Director General of Police S P Vaid said. The bodies of two terrorists had been recovered yesterday.
Earlier Monday morning, the search operation was resumed at the CRPF training centre to trace the third terrorist. Security forces including Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and state police jointly carried out an operation to flush out the terrorists. As a precaution, authorities suspended internet in Pulwama. Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was also halted during the counter-insurgency operations.
The two terrorists whose bodies were recovered yesterday were Manzoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam (Pulwama) and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Nazeempora (Tral). Khanday was the son a serving policeman.
Meanwhile, Northern Army Commander Lt General D Anbu today visited forces' units in north Kashmir to review the prevailing security situation.
"The army commander visited several units in north Kashmir and reviewed the situation there," an Army official said.
He said Lt Gen Anbu was briefed about the winter preparedness and measures taken to meet the challenges posed by weather.
"The Army Commander interacted with the troops on ground and conveyed his greetings for the New Year 2018 and complimented them for their determination and alertness in counter-terrorist and Line of Control operations in 2017," the official said.
He said Lt Gen Anbu asked the soldiers to be prepared to face new challenges with utmost professionalism.
Earlier, Anbu also visited forward areas of Poonch and Rajouri sectors and asked the troops to give befitting reply to all misadventures of inimical forces.
Significantly, this has been the third visit of the Northern Army Commander to forward areas in Jammu region in less than a week and it has come a day after Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward Indian positions in Rajouri district's Nowshera area and adjoining Poonch's Krishna Ghati sector on Sunday.
Last time, he had accompanied Army Chief General Bipin Rawat who on Saturday visited forward areas of Rajouri to review situation and operational preparedness of the troops.

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