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CRPF jawan on poll duty killed in terrorist attack, JeM claims responsibility

A self-styled spokesman of Jaish-e-Muhammad called some local media houses and claimed responsibility for the attack

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

A CRPF jawan was killed in a terrorist attack at a newly set-up camp of the force near the railway station at Kakpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday evening. Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two Army jawans were injured when they chased the militants and were fired upon.

Reports said the terrorists fired grenades through Underbarrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL) and fired at the CRPF personnel, resulting in injuries to one Head Constable Chandrika Prasad. The injured jawan was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.

Police said the CRPF team had arrived on Saturday for election duty. The camp had been set up to enhance security in the militancy-infested district due to the ongoing panchayat elections.

The area was cordoned off immediately after the attack. CRPF personnel assisted by Army jawans of the Rashtriya Rifles chased the militants who ran into a nearby locality. When the troops reached an orchard, they were fired upon, resulting in injuries to two Army jawans.

The Army jawans were taken to Srinagar-based 92-base hospital and are stated to be out of danger.

A self-styled spokesman of the militant outfit JeM later called some local media houses and claimed responsibility for it.

In another incident, terrorists set ablaze the Government Higher Secondary School at Hatmaloo in Kupwara.

(With agency inputs)