Two Special Police Officers trapped in encounter site at Pulwama; terrorists cornered: Home Ministry

Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were trapped in a building which was stormed by terrorists in a pre-dawn attack in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Published: 26th August 2017 05:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th August 2017 08:58 PM   |  A+A-

Army personnel take position during a gun battle with militants who launched a pre-dawn attack on a district police complex. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were trapped in a building which was stormed by terrorists in a pre-dawn attack in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir while the attackers were cornered by security forces, the Home Ministry said today.

In a statement, issued after Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the state, the ministry said the terrorists had been cornered in a set of government quarters and action to flush them out was in process.

"The exact number of terrorists is still not known and the two SPOs of Jammu and Kashmir are trapped in the building where the terrorists have been cornered," it said.

The home minister expressed hope that the SPOs would be rescued safely soon.

The meeting, attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and others, reviewed the ongoing encounter in Pulwama.

Mehrishi told reporters that the meeting discussed the Pulwama attack in which two CRPF personnel and one Jammu and Kashmir policeman were killed.

He said it was not yet clear how many terrorists were there--whether two or four terrorists.

The home secretary said there were two SPOs on the sport but their fate is not known immediately.

"Two SPOs were there. We are not sure whether they are safe. Some danger to their lives still exists," he said.

The home minister expressed profound sorrow over the death of a constable of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and two personnel of the CRPF and expressed condolences to the families.

Militants launched a major pre-dawn attack on a district police complex, triggering a massive gunfight in which one of them died while three others were still holed up after nearly 12 hours.

The compound houses many residential buildings.

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