Pulwama attack: Militants storm CRPF training camp, kill 44 men

Pulwama attack: Militants storm CRPF training camp, kill 44 men


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

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.
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