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A Terrorist Attack kills 8 CRPF men and leaves 22 injured in Pampore, Kashmir

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials

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An Indian army soldier, second left, gives first aid to paramilitary soldiers who were injured in a highway ambush in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
  • Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday
  • Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings

Kashmir once again faced attacks from rebels. Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday, June 25.

The attack, which targeted a security convoy of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on a highway near Pampore, left 20 officers injured. Pampore is 15 kilometers from the state capital, Srinagar.

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Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar.

“Firsthand information after looking at the bodies is, both appear to be Pakistanis, definitely from Lashkar, and in all likelihood, they were fidayeen. Two AK-47 rifles have been recovered from them,” said CRPG Inspector General Nalin Prabhat.

“I salute the courage of the CRPF personnel martyred today in J&K. They served the nation with utmost dedication. Pained by their demise. My thoughts are with the families of those martyred today. May those injured recover soon,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter.

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Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers' bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers’ bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings.

“The only purpose of such blood-spattered acts of violence is to add to the tragedies and  miseries of the people,” she said in a statement.

Indian Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the attack was a matter of grave concern.

“Tomorrow, the CRPF director general of police and other senior officials will go to Srinagar to carry out investigations because it is a matter of grave concern for us that so many security personnel have been martyred,” Rijiju said.

However, India had accused Pakistan for  training of Revolutionaries which fight for Kashmir’s independence from India and its merger with Pakistan but, Islamabad denied the charges. (VOA)

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