CRPF vehicle targeted in Srinagar, two jawans dead

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): One Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Sub-Inspector lost his life and two jawans got injured after terrorists attacked their vehicle near Srinagar.

"The two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants holed-up in a four-storey building of DPS at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar were killed in the encounter with security forces this evening", IG CRPF Ravideep Singh Sahi told New Indian Express.

When they entered the school premise, all staff and students had already left the campus.

The DGP said the operation to flush out the militants was getting prolonged because of the size of the building.

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He said the search and sanitization operation was, however, underway at the encounter site.

Officials said that the militants targeted a stationary CRPF vehicle at Pantha Chowk along the Srinagar- Jammu highway and about 6 kilometres from the City centre Lal Chowk at round 5:30 pm on Saturday. However, their condition is stated to be was stable, said an official.

Vaid said there are reports of the presence of two militants inside the building.

The injured para commandos were evacuated to army hospital for specialized treatment.

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The school has seven buildings. "The operation is in progress", he said.

A gunfight broke out around midnight between government forces and militants hiding inside the school building.

This was the second such attack on armed forces in the highly protected area on the national highway.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, said the government imposed Section 144 in the area where encounter is going on, "We don't want the locals to face any inconvenience due to law and order problems", he said.

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Mobile internet services were suspended in the Valley to prevent the spread of rumours.

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