SRINAGAR: A three-member suicide squad (fidayeen) of the Jaish-e-Mohammad stormed district police lines in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, triggering a gunbattle in which eight security personnel — four policemen and four CRPF jawans — and two attackers were killed.
The gunfight was still going on late on Saturday. The three militants stormed well-fortified District Police Lines (DPL) in Pulwama, about 30 km from Srinagar, around 4 am, when police officials and their families were present, said J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid, adding that the militants then took shelter in the family quarters.
A policeman and a CRPF jawan were killed and five other security personnel injured as the gunbattle began. As it escalated, a contingent of the Special Operations Group of J&K police, army and paramilitary troops and armoured vehicles were rushed to the spot to rescue the policemen and their families as helicopters aided operations from above.