LeT behind attack in Pampore, assailants identified, says IGP Kashmir

‘National highway best choice for militants to target forces; we don’t retaliate in view of the huge presence of civilian vehicles’

Pampore: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range on Monday said that the attack on armed forces personnel at Kandizal near Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was carried out by two-bike borne Lashkar-e-Taiba militants who have been identified and searches have been launched to nab them.

“Two militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba came on a motorbike and fired indiscriminately at the CRFP Road Opening Party at Kandizal near Pampore. Two CRPF men died in the incident and three others sustained injuries who are stable,” IGP Kashmir told reporters at the site of the incident.

He said that the attackers have been identified as Saifullah, a Pakistani militant and another one is a local. “Hunt is on to track them down and I am hopeful they will be neutralized soon,” the IGP said.

He said that militants find it easy to target armed forces personnel on the highway. “Highway is a busy place where hundreds of civilian vehicles pass every day. If we retaliate and fire indiscriminately too, there will be civilian causality,” the IGP said, adding that “the attackers managed to flee from the spot.”

About another exchange of fire between militants and armed forces personnel at Parinad area of Awantipora, he said: “there was an initial exchange of fire but then no contact was established thereafter.”

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