3 CRPF Personnel Killed In Sopore Militant Attack

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Srinagar- Three CRPF personnel were killed and two others suffered injuries on Saturday in a surprise militant attack in Sopore town of Baramulla district.

Unknown militants opened indiscriminate fire upon a joint patrolling team of CRPF and police near a crossing in Noorbagh area of the Sopore town around 5:25 Saturday evening, police sources said.

Five paramilitary men, including an officer were injured in the militant ambush that caught the patrolling party off guard, police sources said. All the injured security men were removed to the sub-district hospital Sopore for treatment.

However, the doctors declared two of the paramilitary men dead on arrival. Another succumbed to injuries before the doctors could operate upon him, sources said

The slain security men have been identified as Head Constables Chander B Bakhre and Rajeev Sharma and Constable Parmar Satpal of CRPF 179 Batallion.

Two other injured personnel identified as Head Constable Biswajeet Ghosh and Constable Javid Ahmad were later airlifted to army’s 92 Base hospital in Srinagar.

Director General of Police (DGP) J&K, Dilbagh Singh has confirmed the fatalities.

The DGP said that militants attacked a CRPF vehicle in Sopore town.

There has been an upsurge in militancy after August 5 when BJP ruled New Delhi split Kashmir into two parts and downgraded state into a union territory.

Sopore militant attack is second in less than last 24 hours in the valley. On Friday militants attacked a CRPF and Police Joint camp in Newa area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One CRPF constable was injured.

On April 5, five army soldiers were killed while fighting militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Five militants were also killed in the operations lasting two days.

Soldier Slips To Death 

Meanwhile an army man died on Saturday after slipping from a mountain ridge in the border town of Uri in Baramulla district, reports said.

The soldier slipped near a forward post in Lachipora area of Boniyar in Uri amid inclement weather.

After strenuous searches, the body of 35-year-old soldier—NK Uttam Singh of army’s 11 MAHAR was recovered, the report adds.

SSP Baramulla Abdul Qayoom said that the accident took place around 3:30 hours leaving a solider dead.

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