In a second incursion on Monday, militants attacked a CRPF camp located in Nehama in South Kashmir's Kulgam district, injuring three CRPF personnel. The area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers, according to sources in the police.
Police sources also said that the ASI of CRPF was wounded after the suspected militants attacked forces in Kulgam. The ASI sustained a bullet injury on foot and was rushed to a hospital for treatment.
In the early morning, two CRPF jawans and one Special Police Officer (SPO) were killed in the first attack which took place on the highway near Kreeri area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district.
Hours after the Baramulla attack, security forces chased the ultras and killed one of them in an encounter, police said.
The encounter started in Kreeri area hours after the attack on a 'naka' party in the area which two CRPF personnel and a special police officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir police were killed, a police official said.
He said the security forces cordoned off the area immediately after the attack and chased the militants.
The contact was established with them and during the exchange of fire, a militant was killed, the official said.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said three militants suspected to be belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit carried out the attack.
“According to eyewitnesses, there were three militants who came from the nearby dense orchards and started firing indiscriminately on the 'naka' in which our three jawans – two from CRPF and one J-K Police – were martyred. It seems the LeT has carried out the attack,” Kumar told reporters at the site of the attack.
Asked whether the militants have changed their strategy and were attacking the security forces and then fleeing the spot, the IGP said it was a matter of concern, but the forces will soon find a solution to the problem.
“It is a matter of concern. The number of forces on a 'naka' point is less and is normally in a remote area where they (militants) conceal themselves by coming along with civilians and then fire on the forces. We have faced losses and they have managed to flee a few times, but, we will soon find a response to this tactic and end this problem,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)
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