Srinagar, Jan 1: The body of the third JeM militant was recovered from the debris of Lethpora Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp. After recovering the body, the armed forces have called off the operation. The body is yet to be identified.
The armed forces had on Monday resumed their operations for the second day at the CRPF training centre. The operation was launched after heavily armed JeM militants attacked the camp in the wee hours of Sunday. Five CRPF men were killed and three others were injured in the attack.
While two militants were killed later on Sunday, search was on for the third attacker who was holed up in the area. The militants had fled to nearby buildings after opening fire on the camp.
One of the militants killed was a class 10th student whose father is part of Jammu and Kashmir’s police force.
“The heavily armed militants stormed the camp at about 2 AM. They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons. They were challenged by camp sentries,” a CRPF official said, adding they fired indiscriminately injuring three personnel.
Director General of Police SP Vaid said security forces had prior information about an impending strike in Kashmir for the past three days.
The attack is believed to have been carried out as retribution for the string of killings of prominent JeM militants over the past month.
This is the first time local militants carried out a suicide attack.
The deceased personnel include Inspector Kuldip Roy from Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh), Head Constable Taufail Ahmed of Rajouri (J&K), constables Sharief-ud-din Ganaie of Chadoora in Budgam (J&K), Rajendra Nain of Churu (Rajasthan) and PK Panda of Sundargarh (Odisha).
Roy died of heart attack during the gunbattle, the four others succumbed to bullet injuries.