Eight security personnel, including four CRPF men, were killed when militants carried out a Fidayeen attack on a district police complex in south Kashmir’s Pulwama today, triggering a massive gunfight in which the three militants were also killed.
The attack took place in the wee hours of the Saturday, when militants entered the police complex in Pulwama district.
Lt Gen J S Sandhu, General officer Commanding of Srinagar-based XV Corps, said it is a “fidayeen” (suicide) attack.
Among those killed four were from the CRPF, one was a constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police and three were Special Police Officers working with the state police.
Two of the four CRPF personnel were killed at the fag end of the operation when they were defusing one of the improvised explosive devices planted by the militants.
Director General of Police S P Vaid said it was a sad day for security forces who suffered such a heavy causality.
“However, the boys fought bravely and we are only more determined to wipe out militancy from the entire state,” he said.
The authorities have suspended mobile internet services in the district as a precautionary measure.