AnantnagAt least six Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Reports said that a group of militants opened fired on a convoy in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Thursday morning.
The convoy according to police sources was on way to Mattan from Qazigund when militants targeted it. A police official told news agency CNS that a convoy of CRPF 96 battalion comprising six buses was on its way to Mattan when militants launched an attack.
Six personnel were wounded and shifted to District hospital in Anantnag. Their condition is said to be stable, he 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 broken glass panes of the vehicle,” said Zulfikar Hassan, Inspector General, CRPF.
The militants reportedly managed to escape, though area was cordoned off and a search operation to track them down was launched.
The wounded CRPF personnel have been identified as Inderjeet Singh, S.K Mahesh, Amit Kumar, Subhash Kumar, Mukesh Sharma and Mudrakar.
Meanwhile, militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen while claiming the responsibility said that the attack was carried out jointly by the militants belonging to the both outfits.
Hizb Operational spokesperson Burhanuddin told news agency CNS over phone that the deadly attack was carried out by the valiant militants of Hizb and LeT.
The attack left many Indian troopers either dead or wounded, he said and added that panic gripped among Indian troopers during the attack.
The spokesperson reiterated that such attacks will continue across Kashmir Valley.
LeT spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in an emailed statement said that the attack was carried out by the outfit which left many troopers dead.
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