J&K: Pulwama terror attack was revenge strike by Jaish
The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack at Jammu and Kashmir in which 8 security personnel were martyred. The group's spokesperson Hasan Shah said that it was the Jaish which carried out the attack.
Shah also detailed the entire operation to a local news agency in Pakistan. Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia that they have managed to confirm that it was a Jaish led strike. It is being seen as a revenge strike, the IB officer also said.
Eight security personnel, including four CRPF men, were killed when terrorists carried out a suicide attack on a district police complex in south Kashmir's Pulwama today, triggering a massive gunfight in which the three terrorists were killed.
The terror strike took place at the crack of dawn when the terrorists, believed to be foreign mercenaries, entered the police complex in the worst-hit Pulwama district, 25 km from here.
Police, CRPF and Army personnel quickly swung into action and cornered the terrorists and ensured that family members of the police personnel living within the complex were taken out to safety.
By afternoon, the security personnel neutralised one of the three terrorist while another terrorist's body was recovered after 5 PM, officials said, adding the firing had stopped and the third body would be recovered soon.
The terrorists had entrenched themselves in all the three blocks of the police complex and were firing at the approaching troops, they said.
Lt Gen J S Sandhu, General officer Commanding of Srinagar-based XV Corps, said it is a "fidayeen" (suicide) attack.
Among those killed four were from the CRPF, one was a constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police and three were Special Police Officers working with the state police.
Two of the four CRPF personnel were killed at the fag end of the operation when they were defusing one of the improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists.
Director General of Police S P Vaid said it was a sad day for security forces who suffered such a heavy causality.
"However, the boys fought bravely and we are only more determined to wipe out militancy from the entire state," he said.
A police official said that one of the terrorists came out of a building and fired indiscriminately during the encounter. "He was gunned down on the spot," the official said.