Months after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide blast in Pulwama, five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been killed and two have sustained injuries after their patrol team was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. A police inspector and a civilian have also been injured in the firing.
The attack happened when the state administration is preparing for the annual 46-day Amarnath Yatra which would begin next month. The pilgrimage is scheduled to begin from two routes, one of which starts from Anantnag.
According to the reports, out of the two terrorists who attacked the team, one has been killed by security forces.
The incident took place at KP Road in Anantnag. The terrorists fired at the team with automatic rifles and hurled grenades.
Station House Officer of Anantnag Police Station, Arshad Ahmed, was injured in the attack and has been shifted to Srinagar for treatment, the agency added.
The attack has taken place as the state administration is preparing for the annual Amarnath Yatra that would begin next month. The 46-day pilgrimage is scheduled to begin from two routes, one of which starts from Anantnag
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the attack.
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Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader, also condemned the incident.
“Very sorry to hear about the attack on the CRPF personnel in Anantnag today. I unreservedly condemn this attack and pray for the souls of the departed. May the injured make a speedy and complete recovery,” he tweeted.