Anantnag Terror Attack: 5 CRPF personnel killed

Five Central Reserve Police Force personnel and a terrorist were killed while an Station House Officer and a woman injured as terrorists opened fire in the main market area of Anantnag in southern Kashmir.

The attack took place at 5:15 pm when terrorists opened fire at CRPF personnel of 116 battalion stationed in a vehicle, and Jammu & Kashmir police personnel, who rushed to the spot near Oxford Presentation Institute on Khanabal-Pahalgham Road in Anantnag.

The CRPF personnel killed in the attack were identified as ASIs Neeru Sharma and Ramesh Kumar, constables Santender, MK Kushwa and Mahesh Kumar. Anantnag police station SHO Arshid Ahmad, who rushed to the spot along with the police party after hearing bullet shots, was also injured. He was shifted to hospital where he is undergoing treatment along with another woman.

“I think the terrorist was dropped on the spot for a fidayeen attack. He is a foreigner and we recovered a weapon from the spot. He used armour piercing bullets and that is why several CRPF men were injured,” a senior police official in southern Kashmir said.

The attack took place on the Amarnath pilgrimage route and is a concern for the security establishment as the 45-day yatra is scheduled to start in the first week of July. Earlier, during the day the governor administration claimed that it has concentrated on loopholes and gaps in the security system and will try to ensure safe and secure yatra.

“Heavy exchange of fire took place and in the initial attack, three CRPF men died, while two others who were hit by bullets were taken to nearby hospital where they succumbed to their injuires,” a senior CRPF official was quoted as saying.

“We are investigating to find out whether one terrorist carried the attack or they were two. We think he was dropped there by his accomplice to carry out the attack,” sources in the police said. They said soon after the incident, the entire area was sealed off and a massive cordon and search operation was launched.

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