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Ultras gun down nine CRPF men
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 5
An Assistant Commandant of the CRPF and eight jawans were killed while seven others were injured when militants made a suicide attack on their camp in the Rajbagh area here last night.

The night-long operation which began at 8.45 p.m. last evening also led to the death of a suicide militant in the retaliatory action while his accomplice escaped. It also caused heavy damage to the two-storeyed building housing security personnel.

This was the second suicide attack on the CRPF personnel over the past one week. Five CRPF personnel and two suicide militants were killed in the last attack on a camp of the 65 Battalion of the CRPF at Leeward Hotel in the Dal Lake area here on July 27.

The phased replacement of the BSF from counter-insurgency operations by the CRPF in Kashmir, which started with the shifting of the 8 BSF Battalions last year, has been temporarily stalled. The replacement of five more battalions is being made soon, according to top security official sources.

The Al-Mansoorian outfit, which had claimed the last attack, has also owned the responsibility of the attack on the 69 Battalion of the CRPF camp at the Rajbagh.

Those killed in the incident included Assistant Commandant Sanjeev Singh; head constable Subhash Kumar; Shiv Charan; Hwohthin Lum; constables Ashok Jamwal, Saran Alok, M. Yudesh and driver Ranga Gawda and Suresh Babu of the 69 Battalion. The body of an unidentified militant was also recovered from the spot. Eight grenades were also seized from the spot that were later disposed of by the bomb disposal squad.

Floral wreaths were laid on the bodies of the CRPF jawans by the senior police and security officials before these were flown to their respective places.

Director-General of the Jammu and Kashmir police Gopal Sharma said the militants hurled a grenade killing the guard and opened firing before entering the premises of the camp at about 8.45 p.m. last night.

The security forces immediately cordoned off the area to flush out the holed-up militants. However, the encounter continued throughout the night with intermittent firing going on.

The operation concluded this morning at about 7.30 a.m. with the help of a bullet-proof vehicle entering the premises, whereby one holed-up militant was killed by the troops.

The DGP said the security forces were alert enough in foiling such attacks and the militants involved in these attempts did not escape. He added that due care was also taken to prevent any damage to the property and lives of civilians. Elsewhere, at least four persons, including two Army men and two militants, had been killed in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

The police here said two security force personnel were also killed in an encounter with militants at Hapatnar in the Aishmuqam area of Anantnag district yesterday.

One militant was killed in an encounter with security forces near the LoC at Kumkadi in Kupwara district yesterday. One AK rifle, four magazines, 10 rounds, 10 IEDs, 10 IED batteries and a wireless set were seized from the site of encounter.

An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Masjid Gali, Tulail in the Gurez sector of Baramula district yesterday.

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