Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has condemned the killing of CRPF jawans, including an officer, in a midnight attack at a CRPF training centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Sunday.

Four CRPF troopers and three militants were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday after guerrillas attacked a CRPF training centre, police officials said.

Terming the act as dastardly, the Chief Minister said violence has taken a heavy toll of the society in the state in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of the social fabric, inflicting massive economic, academic and social losses besides the irreparable loss of human lives.

Mehbooba paid tributes to the jawans on Twitter and also conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families of the slain men.

Heavily-armed militants stealthily entered the camp in Lathpora area about two hours after midnight, hurling grenades and resorting to indiscriminate gunfire.

“Four CRPF jawans were martyred in the operation that lasted for nearly 12 hours,” a police officer said.

After barging in, the two militants secured positions in the CRPF camp located on the Srinagar-Jammu highway until they were killed.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the daring attack on the 185 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force.

“Security forces including Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and state police jointly carried out an operation to flush out the militants,” the official said.

As a precaution, authorities suspected Internet facility in Pulwama district.

Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was halted for some time during the counter-insurgency operations.

(With agency inputs)