Ahead of polls, militants attack CRPF in Sopore; 4 injured

Ahead of polls, militants attack CRPF in Sopore; 4 injured

Srinagar: Three paramilitary CRPF troopers and a civilian were injured Tuesday in an attack by suspected militants in Sopore town of north Kashmir, barely 10 hours ahead of elections in Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency.
CRPF’s Srinagar-based spokesperson Kishore Prasad said that some unknown militants attacked a party of CRPF’s 179 battalion near the State Bank of India, Sopore.
“During the attack three of our men have sustained injuries. They were immediately evacuated to nearby hospital for treatment,” Prasad said.
He said after attacking the CRPF party, the gunmen also fired upon the cavalcade of a CRPF Commandant who had rushed to the spot. “The CRPF retaliated, but the militants managed to escape in the darkness,” Prasad added.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Sopore, Dr Syed Massod said that two injured CRPF men were brought to the hospital. He said the duo had leg injuries and were referred to Bone and Joints Hospital Srinagar.
Meanwhile, army’s 22 RR, CRPF and SOG cordoned the area and started searches to nab the attackers.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, a petrol bomb was on Tuesday hurled by unidentified persons at a government school, where a polling station has been set up in Rafiabad area of Baramulla Lok Sabh constituency of Kashmir for Wednesday’s polls.
“A petrol bomb was hurled at the Government Girls School at Watergam in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district, causing some damage to the building,” a police spokesman said.
He said there were no casualties reported in the incident that took place in the early hours of the day.
A polling station is located some distance away from where the petrol bomb landed, he said.
Polling for Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.