Five security personnel were killed on Saturday in an attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Two special police officers, two members of the Central Reserve Police Force, and one police person was killed, Greater Kashmir reported. Two militants were also killed, according to the report.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesperson of the outfit, who identified himself as Hasan Shah, told news agency CNS that the “valiant militants stormed into CRPF camp stationed at District Police Lines, Pulwama, and inflicted casualties upon the armed forces.” CRPF jawans Dhanawade Ravindra and Jaswant Singh were killed in the encounter.
Additional forces have been rushed to the area, reported NDTV. The general officer commanding 15 Corps, Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, said the residents in the area have been evacuated. “Troops are continuing with the operation,” he told ANI. “It is a militant attack. We don’t have a hostage situation.”