CISF Officer Killed In Militant Attack 

SRINAGAR — A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer has been killed in a militant attack in Budgam district of Central Kashmir, police said on Saturday.

“In the intervening night, a standoff fire by (militants) took place at the grid Station Wagoora in Budgam district in which one ASI of CISF sustained serious bullet injuries,” a police spokesman said.

He said the attack was, however, successfully repulsed by the alert sentry at the spot.

“The injured ASI Rajendra Prasad was evacuated to the hospital for medical attention but succumbed at the hospital,” the spokesman said, adding the area has been sanitized by the state forces.

Meanwhile, Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the killing, saying its cadres carried out a sniper and grenade attack on a CISF check post. In a statement issued to local news agency GNS, the spokesman said militant outfit would carry out  more attacks “as revenge for every person martyred in Kulgam by Indian forces recently.”

The JeM also claimed responsibility for three attacks on forces at Gagran and Mantribugh in Shopian district, in which it said several army troopers and policemen were injured in “sniper and grenade attacks.”

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