Pulwama: Search operation ends at CRPF camp, body of third militant recoveredhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/pulwama-attack-crpf-training-camp-jem-army-5006725/

Pulwama: Search operation ends at CRPF camp, body of third militant recovered

Five CRPF personnel were killed and three injured in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants on the camp on Sunday.

Search operation ends at CRPF camp
Paramilitary soldiers guard the entry point where suspected rebels were believed to be holed up in Lethpora area of Pulwama south of Srinagar in Sunday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

A day after militants stormed into a CRPF training centre in Lethapora, security personnel Monday ended the search operation after recovering the body of the third militant.  Five CRPF personnel were killed and three injured in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the deadly attack. “It was a cowardly attack by terrorists. We are proud of our brave jawans, their sacrifice won’t go in vain. The entire nation stands with their families,” he said.

Read | Militants storm CRPF training camp, kill 5 men

Search operation ends at CRPF camp
Paramilitary soldiers guard the entry point where suspected rebels were believed to be holed up in Lethpora area of Pulwama south of Srinagar in Sunday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The attack is suspected to be a retaliatory strike against the recent killing of Jaish militant, Noor Mohammad Tantray. According to reports, around 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.

Search operation ends at CRPF camp
CRPF officer pays homage during a wreath-laying ceremony of his slain colleague on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The militants targeted the main building area of the camp that houses family quarters, hospitals and a signal centre. Around two dozen CRPF personnel were inside the main building area during the attack. 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.

Yadav said one of the CRPF personnel “collapsed during the evacuation process”. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report,” he added.