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JeM militants storm paramilitary camp in Pulwama, kill four CRPF personnel

Heavily armed militants ambushed the camp at around 2.10 am after hurling grenades and resorted to indiscriminate firing during which four CRPF personnel were killed

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 31, 2017 4:53 pm
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In an incident reminiscent of the 2016 Uri attack, militants stormed a paramilitary training centre at Lethpora in South Kashmir in the wee hours on Sunday and killed four CRPF personnel while three others received bullet injuries. CRPF officials said two militants who were hiding in a nearby camp were gunned down and a combing operation was underway.

While there has been no official confirmation, IANS reported that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the attack on the 185 battalion CRPF training camp in Pulwama district’s Lethpora area.

Heavily armed militants ambushed the camp at around 2.10 am after hurling grenades and resorted to indiscriminate firing during which four CRPF personnel were killed. While one of them died on the spot, the other three succumbed to injuries in the hospital. “They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons. They were challenged by camp sentries,” PTI quoted CRPF officials as saying.

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Personnel from Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and state police soon cordoned off the camp and flushed out the two ultras. One of the injured personnel was identified as Saifuddin, a resident of Nowgam.

The attack comes days after India claimed it killed three Pakistani soldiers in a cross-LoC attack. The raid had come in retaliation for the killing of four Indian soldiers, including a Major, by Pakistani troops in Keri sector last week.

The attack began at 2:00 am on Sunday morning. (Source: ANI)

Despite receiving a tip-off about an impending fidayeen strike, the security forces failed to prevent the attack. Director General of Police S P Vaid termed the attack “unfortunate” and lashed out at Pakistan. He asserted as long as Pakistan kept sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir would continue to go through such turmoil.

“There was an input from the last two-three days.They (militants) were trying.They probably could not get a place and time earlier.So, they struck last night,” Vaid told reporters.

Congress took the opportunity to castigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Pulwama attack is a sign of failure of PM Narendra Modi’s foreign policy,” ANI quoted Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev as saying. J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh minced no words as he slammed Pakistan for the attack. “In desperation and frustration, Pakistan does cross-border firing, attacks our posts, kills our civilians. We are replying to them and they are facing defeat. Pakistan has been exposed and isolated on the diplomatic front,” Singh said.

The attack comes on the heels of the killing of a top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) ‘commander’, Noor Mohammad Tantray, who was gunned down in an encounter in Samboora village in Pulwama district of South Kashmir earlier on Tuesday. As the JeM’s ‘divisional commander’ in South Kashmir, he was reported to have played an instrumental role in reviving the outfit.

On September 18, 2016, militants stormed the Brigade headquarters in Uri after cutting the fence and killed 19 soldiers in one of the worst militant attacks in Valley. Several barracks of the fortified camp were also burnt to ashes in the attack.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  1. M Jave
    Jan 1, 2018 at 12:17 am
    Time to give back rights to local kashmiri people and let them solve their own problems and if they up you can blam them but not when they are ruled by outsiders on the g#n point.
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    1. M Jave
      Jan 1, 2018 at 12:13 am
      Total failure of both countries who are feeding their armies, media and politicians on this conflict because if they solve it who will need huge armies amo. And how they will do politics of hate, which is so convenient to show ordinary people on fake media which also wants 24/7 ratings, so corrupt both parties, let those poor people have their peace. Why 600000 troops for 1700000 civilian population ? Think!
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      1. M Jave
        Dec 31, 2017 at 11:57 pm
        Why not let our own Indian people live in peace remove 500000 troops abusing powers and win their hearts by giving them rights, but we have to feed both sides big armies and stupid lying politicians, who will never solve this problem because it's their bread n butter, stupid sheep like people fight with each other, fake media is part of the problem. Make peace with our own people. Stop using Muslims, pakistan as an excuse, it's our own failure not to be friendly to your own citizens, they are hated in media 24/7 under pressure daily from going for daily activities, give them rights and let them sort out their problems by their own representatives not imposed rulers who have hate for them.
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        1. Abdulhaq Syed
          Dec 31, 2017 at 9:37 pm
          One camp at a time and soon all these Criminal police ( CRP ) and RR goons and thugs will be liquidated . Allaho Akbr
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          1. 999 farzie
            Dec 31, 2017 at 10:51 pm
            तुम्हारा अल्लाह भी तुम लोगो को नहीं बचा सकता.... 1 हफ्ते में इसका जवाब मिल जाएगा कटबुल्ले।जिस छेद से निकले हो उस के बगल वाले छेद में पहुंचा दिए जाओगे।
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          2. Rakesh Kumar
            Dec 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm
            Can your religion do this? Explosive cord wrapped around the necks of prisoners (prior to decapitation) signals the start of Islam's most sacred month in the caliphate. Ramadan is when our site keeps track of how the Religion of Peace distinguishes itself from other faiths. Ramadan Bombathon 2015 Scorecard Because, if you think all religions are the same, you aren't paying attention. Day 6 In the name of The Religion of Peace In the name of ANY Other Religion By Way of Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Terror Attacks 52 0 0 Suicide Bombings 10 0 0 Dead Bodies 408 0 0 Wounded 424 0 0 (Not all attacks are immediately posted on TROP) Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace "Mohammed is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are harsh to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29 2015.06.23 (Wagir, Nigeria) - A '12-year-old' girl self-detonates in a crowded market. Shrapnel from the suicide vest lays out ten patrons. 2015.06.22 (Shariff Aguak, Philippines) - Bangsamoro Islamists gun down
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            1. M Jave
              Dec 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm
              Why not let our own Indian people live in peace remove 500000 troops abusing powers and win their hearts by giving them rights, but we have to feed both sides big armies and stupid lying politicians, who will never solve this problem because it's their bread n butter, stupid sheep like people fight with each other, fake media is part of the problem. Make peace with our own people. Stop using Muslims, pakistan as an excuse, it's our own failure not to be friendly to your own citizens, they are hated in media 24/7 under pressure daily from going for daily activities, give them rights and let them sort out their problems by their own representatives not imposed rulers who have hate for them.
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              1. M Jave
                Jan 1, 2018 at 12:00 am
                Why not let our own Indian people live in peace remove 500000 troops abusing powers and win their hearts by giving them rights, but we have to feed both sides big armies and stupid lying politicians, who will never solve this problem because it's their bread n butter, stupid sheep like people fight with each other, fake media is part of the problem. Make peace with our own people. Stop using Muslims, pakistan as an excuse, it's our own failure not to be friendly to your own citizens, they are hated in media 24/7 under pressure daily from going for daily activities, give them rights and let them sort out their problems by their own representatives not imposed rulers who have hate for them.
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