Pulwama attack: Militants storm CRPF training camp, kill 5 men

Pulwama attack: Police sources said they had received intelligence inputs over the last few days about a possible attack on a military installation.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Pampore | Updated: January 1, 2018 7:46 am
Pulwama attack, CRPF camp attack, pulwama terrorist attack, Jammu Kashmir CRPF attack, CRPF soldiers killed, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Militant attack at CRPF camp, Indian Express CRPF personnel pay tribute to their colleagues killed in the attack in Pulwama on Sunday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Five Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed and three injured in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants on a CRPF training centre in Lethpora, in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

Officials said while two militants — both from the Valley — had been killed, intermittent firing was still going on till late Sunday, and one or two militants were believed to be holed up inside the camp. According to reports, two-four heavily-armed militants stormed the centre at 2:10 am. “It is a big camp. It was at 2.10 am… The militants first fired at a patrol vehicle and then sneaked inside the camp,” said CRPF Public Relations Officer (PRO) Rajesh Yadav.

Sources said the militants stormed the main building area of the camp, which houses the family quarters, main offices, hospital and signal centre. “It seems they had done a recce of the area. Once inside, they immediately took shelter in Block Number 3, which houses a hospital, signal centre and stores,” said sources, adding, “The adjacent blocks house the officers’ family quarters and their offices”. They said about two dozen CRPF personnel were inside the building when the militants stormed the camp. The Army and J&K police rushed to the area, and their first task was to evacuate the personnel.

Yadav said that while the bodies of two militants had been recovered, one or two militants were still holed up inside the camp. “Our forces on the ground reported that another militant was killed. But when they went to recover the body, they came under heavy fire,” he said. “From the volume of fire, we suspect that one or two militants are still inside,” he said, adding that a tight security cordon had been set up around the camp.

The slain CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Kuldeep Roy, Head Constable Tufail Ahmad, and Constables Sharifuddin Ganai, Rajender Jain and Pradeep Kumar Panda. Ganai is a resident of Chadoora in Budgam district. Yadav said one of the CRPF personnel “collapsed during the evacuation process”. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report,” he added.

Sources said the two militants whose bodies have been recovered have been identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, 17, a resident of Hyena village of Tral, and Manzoor Ahmad Baba, from Drabgam in Pulwama. Fardeen, the son of a police constable, is reported to have joined the JeM in May this year. “We are still trying to identify the bodies,” said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan. “Two families — one from Pulwama and the other from Tral — have claimed the bodies,” he added.

Police sources said they had received intelligence inputs over the last few days about a possible attack on a military installation. An alert had been sounded in the Valley, especially Srinagar and South Kashmir, they said. “There were inputs over the last two-three days that they (militants) were attempting an attack,” said Director General of Police S P Vaid. “The attack is unfortunate. As long as our neighbour (Pakistan) keeps sending people like this, the police, security forces and people of Kashmir will have to go through this,” he added.

“We had inputs about a possible fidayeen attack. There were inputs that JeM militants based in South Kashmir were planning a spectacular attack in Srinagar. We were on alert and had increased checking of vehicles,” said a senior police officer. “After the killing of JeM commander Noor Mohammad Tantray, I think they (militants) abandoned the idea of striking in Srinagar and chose South Kashmir instead”. “Efforts to track the fidayeen led the police to (Samboora) Pulwama, where Tantray was killed,” said the police officer. “Tantray was behind the resurgence of JeM in the Valley, especially South Kashmir, and was the brain behind the recent attacks by the outfit.”

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  1. Gullu Gulsher
    Jan 2, 2018 at 8:15 am
    It is amazing that our J K politicians are such cowards
    1. Indian Singh
      Jan 1, 2018 at 8:40 am
      Most of the recent attacks in Kashmir has been against the CRPF CAMPS and NON against ARMY CAMPS indicating that CRPF CAMPS have become SOFT TARGETS for JIHADIS in Kashmir. ............. TOP RANKING IPS Officials from each batch should be posted to CRPF Camps in Kashmir for initial FIVE YEARS for making CRPF more efficient.
      1. JosephMumbai Mumbai
        Jan 1, 2018 at 8:19 am
        Follow Russia, China and brutal US example to tackle Muslim terrorism. Terrorism does have religion. Don't deny it. Evacuate all the border villages and towns. F human rights groups. Kashmiri Islamic terrorists are first stone pelters then graduate to trained terrorist. Annihilate them. Millions of Hindus are ready to be fidayeen, train them, give them logistics and settle them in Kashmir, send some to Pakistan and blow their Army camps. And then deny like the Pakistanis and ask for proof and more proof. Gutless India leadership, people are fed up with you. Low intensity war suits Pakistan. Take them head on. And stop all medical visas, maan ki amanat and smash Bollywood who employ Pakistanis. Pakistanis are liars. Islam teaches Taqia: to lie strategically. You soft Hindu fools.
        1. Shama Rao
          Jan 1, 2018 at 11:51 am
          The pig is eating the slush and to counter it become like the pig.great advice indeed.
        2. Michelle:: Vedic::human
          Jan 1, 2018 at 7:33 am
          Quran-Notion of 72 Virgins in Islamic Paradise-truth is very clear, 72 Virginsnotion has its origins in Quran, says that those who fight in the way of Allah and killed will be given great reward. It stipulate's that Muslims will be awarded with women in Islamic heaven. It even describes their physical attributes, large eyes and big firm round "swelling br-eas-ts" that are not inclined to sagging, Quran refers to these virgins as houri, The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and 72 houri,-and all will have appetizing vag-in-as.--Being consistent with its sexual obsession and predatory practices, the Quran permits pedophilia, discusses rape in detail, that men can rape female slaves and captives in front of their husbands, Other writings advise that when having se-x with captives, it's better if you don't pull out at the end -(Q 56:22) (Q 78:33)-(Q 23:6)-(Q 4:24)--(sura 65:4)--Hadith 2786,--Sahih Bukhari 3:46:718--Jai hind.
          1. D Deb
            Jan 1, 2018 at 7:33 am
            There is something basically worng with our Security establishment. Inspite of repeated attacks and with the knowledge that J K camps are always on target of the terrorists, they are mostly caught napping during such attacks. Its really ridiculous and shameful. To loose 5 soldiers against 2 terrorists can easily be terms as defeat of our Security forces at the hand of the enemies. Disgusting.
            1. Shama Rao
              Jan 1, 2018 at 11:57 am
              The one and only corrective measure for countering enemy attacks is to introduce abolition of article 370 so that kashmir can be protected as any other state by central forces without softpeddling to appease certain sections by state government.
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