CRPF men injured in militant attack in South Kashmir, rifles snatched

Militants on Tuesday attacked police and paramilitary personnel at five places in south Kashmir, injuring 10 CRPF personnel and snatching four rifles from policemen guarding residence of retired judge

Published: 14th June 2017 12:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2017 12:28 PM   |  A+A-

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SRINAGAR: Militants on Tuesday attacked police and paramilitary personnel at five places in south Kashmir, injuring 10 CRPF personnel and snatching four rifles from policemen guarding residence of retired judge.

A police spokesperson told New Indian Express that militants armed with AK-47 rifles attached the residence of Justice (Retd) Muzaffar Hussain Attar at Anchidora area in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district this evening.

He said two policemen were injured in the militant attack.

“The militants also overpowered the policemen guarding the retired judge’s residence and snatched four rifles from policemen,” the spokesman said.

He said after the militant attack, police, paramilitary and army men launched a combing and search operation in the area to track down the militants responsible for the attack.

Earlier in the afternoon, militants attacked a CRPF camp of 180 bn in village Lariya, Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The grenade exploded with a big bang inside the premises.

CRPF spokesman in Srinagar, Rajesh Yadav, told New Indian Express that 10 CRPF men were injured in the grenade attack.

The injured security personnel have been hospitalized, he said.

Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman Burhan-u-Din claimed responsibility of the attack.

He said militants of the outfit attacked the CRPF camp inflicting casualties on them.

Yadav said militants also attacked a patrol party of 130 bn CRPF at Padgampora, Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in the evening.

He said no damage or injuries were caused in the militant attack.

In the 4th attack, militants attacked 116 bn CRPF patrol party at Sarnal, Pahalgam in Anantnag district.

The grenade exploded with a big bang without causing any injuries.

Yadav said CRPF did not suffer any injuries in the attack.

He said after the attack, security personnel cordoned the area and conducted searches to arrest the militants responsible for the attack. However, no arrests were reported.

In the 5th attack, militants attacked police station Pulwama with a grenade this evening.

Police sources said the grenade exploded in premises of the police station, without causing any injuries  to security personnel or damage to property.

They said policemen deployed in police station fired some rounds in air.

All the five attacks have taken place in south Kashmir, which is emerging as stronghold of militants.

South Kashmir comprising four districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian was also the epicentre of over five month long unrest in Valley last year after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

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