Two bike-borne Lashkar terrorists behind Pampore attack: IGP Kashmir

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, today said that the attack on CPRF men at Kandizal near Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was carried out by two-bike borne Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who have been identified and efforts are on to track them down.

Earlier in the day, two CRPF men died and three others sustained injuries in the Pampore attack.

“Two terrorists from Lashkar-e-Toiba came on a motor bike and fired indiscriminately at the CRPF’s Road Opening Party (RoP) at Kandizal near Pampore in Pulwama district. Two CRPF men died in the incident and three others sustained injuries who are now stable,” IGP Kashmir told reporters at the site of incident.

He said that the attackers have been identified as Saifullah, a Pakistani terrorist and another one is a local. “Hunt is on to track them down and I am hopeful they will be neutralized soon,” the IGP said.

He said that terrorists find it easy to target security forces on the highway.

“Highway is a busy place where hundreds of civilian vehicles pass every day. If we retaliate and fire indiscriminately too, there will be civilian causality,” the IGP said, adding that “the attackers managed to flee from the spot.”

Speaking about another exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces at Parinad area of Awantipore in Pulwama district, he said, “There was an initial exchange of fire but then no contact was established thereafter.”

-CHK