Five CRPF jawans were martyred and three others, including a woman, injured on Wednesday when terrorists attacked a patrol party in the Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
Two terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire after the incident. Among the critically injured was, Arshad Ahmad, SHO of the J&K Police. The CRPF has yet to come out with details of casualties.
The attack has come on the route of the upcoming Amarnath pilgrimage.
Reports said that two masked terrorists on a motorcycle tossed a grenade and started firing indiscriminately at the joint check post near the Oxford School in Anantnag.
The five seriously injured CRPF personnel and the SHO were rushed to the military hospital. Reinforcements of Army, CRPF and police have cordoned the area.
A lesser-known Al-Umar Mujahideen terror outfit has claimed the responsibility for the attack. The outfit was wiped out a few years ago.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesman Brigadier Anil Gupta (Retired) said that the terror attack at the combined check post punctures Police’s claim that foolproof security for Amarnath Yatra has been organised. A thorough review is needed. Are the terrorists conveying a message? He asked.