Srinagar: At least five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, police sources said.
They said that militants opened fired on a convoy of CRPF comprising of six buses in Lazibal area of Anantnag district in the early hours of Thursday.
The injured were immediately taken to District hospital in Anantnag. Their condition is said to be stable.
Reports said that a convoy of CRPF 96 battalion was on its way to Mattan when the militants launched an attack, a police spokesperson said.
“The jawans were going back to their camp near Pahalgam when their vehicle was attacked. While three jawans received bullet injuries, two were hit by glass splinters of the vehicle that came under fire,” said Zulfikar Hassan, IG, CRPF.
He said three CRPF jawans received bullet injuries while two others were injured by glass splinters.
The CRPF personals with bullet injuries were identified as S.K.Mahesh, and Indrajeet Singh.
While as persons with glass injury were identified as Amit Kumar, Subhash, Mukesh Sharma, Mudarek Kumar, sources added.
Police said that the militants managed to escape, but the area was cordoned off and a search operation to track them down was launched.
Meanwhile, militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed the responsibility of the attack claiming that their men managed to kill four CRPF personnel in the attack.
“Mujahideen Lashkar-e-Taiba successfully attacked a convoy in Anantnag. The attack led to damages among the troops. Four troopers were killed and seven others were injured, he said.
“Mujahideen safely returned and reached their safe destination,” LeT Spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said in a statement.