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Militants storm police lines in Pulwama: Eight security personnel killed

Officials said the attack began around 4 am, when families of many security personnel were at the District Police Lines. The Quick Reaction Team (QRT) first evacuated the families, before launching an operation against the militants. The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: August 27, 2017 5:21 am
Pulwama, Pulwama attack, Pulwama encounter, kashmir, kashmir violence, Jammu and Kashmir, Pulwama militants, india news Army soldier take position near the site of a gunfight after militants stormed the District Police Lines (DPL) in Pulwama. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

EIGHT SECURITY personnel were killed when two-three militants sneaked into the District Police Lines, a high-security zone, in Pulwama town and targeted buildings used by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Special Operation Group (SOG) early on Saturday morning.

Officials said the attack began around 4 am, when families of many security personnel were at the District Police Lines. The Quick Reaction Team (QRT) first evacuated the families, before launching an operation against the militants. The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack.

J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid said four CRPF personnel and four from the J&K Police — a constable and three Special Police Officers (SPOs) working with the state police — were killed in the attack. He said the bodies of two militants had been recovered, and search operations were on for a third militant.

Earlier in the day, two SPOs were reported to have been trapped in one of the buildings which the militants stormed. Confirming this, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Delhi had said: “The exact number of militants is still not known. Two SPOs are trapped in the building where they have been cornered.” These two SPOs are among those killed. Two of the four CRPF personnel were killed while defusing an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the militants, according to sources.

A senior police officer said the militants sneaked into buildings/ quarters used by SOG personnel. According to sources, the militants entered two buildings. “They were trying to inflict heavy casualties on the police,’’ said the police officer. The Army’s 15 Corps commander, Lt General J S Sandhu, said two of the militants had entered the family quarters. “The families were brought out. It was a fidayeen attack and we didn’t have a hostage situation,’’ he said.

Since April, this is the third attack on security forces’ camps in Kashmir. The District Police Lines is located on the Shopian-Pulwama road, near the office of the Deputy Commissioner and SSP, Pulwama.

— With ENS, New Delhi

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    S.Gonesh
    Aug 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    The Government is soft. Why? If terrorists can attack police buildings, why the Government don't blew up the supporters of these terrorists too? This tragic has no end, till the Government clean up the Pakistan border of at least 10 KM.
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      Rohan
      Aug 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm
      What a steep rise in deaths from the security services of India?? What happened to that 56cm boast of fixing all these issues when aiming for power and utter failure to deliver now that he is in office???
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        Ghulam Nabi Khayal
        Aug 27, 2017 at 9:20 am
        The core issue of Kashmir is to be settled according to realities addressed positively. Kashmir should be given an autonomous character confining accession with India to three subjects endorsed in instrument of accession in 1947. Jammu must be separated and Ladakh given union territory status, this is the only viable and workable resolution. Otherwise Pulwama like happenings shall continue taking place from time to time Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Srinagar, Kashmir
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        1. deepak sankhla
          Aug 27, 2017 at 8:34 am
          what will make main stream media call these savages terrorists?? Why use a softer term 'militants'????
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          1. deepak sankhla
            Aug 27, 2017 at 8:33 am
            Editor: what will make you call these savages terrorists?? Why use a softer term 'militants'????
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