Five CRPF personnel were killed and one police officer was among four injured in a militant attack on security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Wednesday afternoon. An unidentified militant was also killed.
A senior police official said two militants attacked a joint deployment of the CRPF and the police. The militants, who came on a motorbike, fired at the security forces and lobbed grenades on a busy stretch near Oxford School on K.P. Road around 4.55 p.m. “Five CRPF jawans were killed and the body of one Pakistani militant was recovered from the spot. Another militant is believed to have escaped,” said Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S.P. Pani.
Google Maps image locates Oxford school at K.P. Road in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag security forces came under fire by militants on June 12, 2019.
Another senior police official said one of the attackers was immediately spotted and “engaged in a stand-off fire”.
“Subsequently, the attacker was killed. His identity is being ascertained,” he added.
The five CRPF jawans of 116 Battalion, who were killed by the first volley of bullets were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Neeru Sharma, Constable Santinder Kumar, Constable M.K. Kushwa, ASI Ramesh Kumar and Constable Mahesh Kumar.
Station House Officer, Anantnag, Arshad Ahmed was among three security personnel injured and shifted to hospitals in Srinagar. “Ahmad was hit by bullets in the chest and may be shifted outside J&K for specialised treatment. His condition remains critical,” said the police.
One woman also suffered bullet wounds in the limbs, according to the Anantnag hospital.
This is the first major attack by militants since the Pulwama attack on February 14. It comes just weeks ahead of the commencement of the Amarnath yatra on the same route. The Khanbal-Pahalgam road, which came under the attack on Wednesday, is the main approach road to the shrine in Pahalgam.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Al-Umar Mujahideen outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack.