Pulwama fidayeen attack: JK police pays tributes to slain cops

Pulwama fidayeen attack: JK police pays tributes to slain cops

The attack began pre-dawn at around 4:30 am when the militants managed to breach the defence of the police installation and secured positions inside multi-story buildings sparking an intense gunfight.

Separately, India's Border Security Force said on Saturday it killed three Pakistan Rangers in a cross-border exchange of fire.

The so-called Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which is based in Pakistan, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly assault.

In the ongoing gun battle in South Kashmir's Pulwama, a total of 8 security personnel have been killed, whereas, 3 terrorists have been neutralised.

The victims included a policeman, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) head constable, a trooper and a militant.

A joint operation has been launched by CRPF and Police to nab the attackers. He denied that any hostage situation was created at the attack site.

Director General of Police S.P Vaid said the district headquarters also housed families of some officers but "we are evacuating the families from there".

"In the early hours this morning, terrorists entered the District Police Lines (DPL) Pulwama and they entered the family quarters".

Two building caught fire while intermittent firing and explosions rocked the district.

Government forces have stepped up counterinsurgency operations since the start of the year and have killed at least 136 rebels, including most of the top commanders of rebel groups operating in the disputed territory.

As per reports, the attack is being termed as a Fidayeen attack (suicide attack).

Eight security officials were killed when gunmen stormed a heavily armed police camp in Kashmir, police said. The authorities, fearing law and order trouble, snapped Internet services across Pulwama district.

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