Pulwama; Terror encounter death toll eight

Jammu & Kashmir, the death toll in the ongoing anti militancy operation at district police lines Pulwama in south Kashmir has reached eight. Another holed up terrorist was killed while two Special Police Officers (SPOs) of J&K Police and Nursing Orderly employee were also killed during the ongoing encounter within DPL premises since early morning today. Officials said four other security personnel were also injured during the encounter so far.

Earlier in the initial round of firing, three security forces personnel including two CRPF personnel and one J&K police man were martyred after unknown militants stormed the DPL in the wee hours today. One terrorist was also killed. Four others including one JKP and three CRPF personnel were injured who were evacuated to the Army’s Base Hospital in Srinagar.

Local news agencies quoted Jaish e Mohammad militant outfit claiming responsibility of the DPL fidayeen attack. The DPL Pulwama is considered as high security zone as it houses Special Operations Group (SOG) camp of J&K Police that normally remains part of all counter militancy operations. The DPL also houses family residential quarters of police personnel. The family members of police personnel were evacuated early. Besides, Deputy Commissioner Office, SP Office, Army, CRPF camps and IB office are in its neighbourhood.

Internet services remained suspended in Pulwama district as a precautionary measure to prevent law and order situation following the attack. The Pulwama-Shopian highway connecting two southern districts of Pulwama and Shopian, has also been closed for vehicular traffic.

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