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Kashmir terror attack: Eight CRPF troopers killed in Pampore ambush

Srinagar : In one of the deadliest attacks of this year, eight Central Reserve Police Force personnel were martyred and 24 injured on Saturday after militants opened fire at a convoy belonging to the paramilitary force in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Two militants were also shot dead in retaliatory fire. The attack happened on the busy Srinagar-Jammu national highway when the security personnel were returning from a training exercise, police said.

Rajesh Yadav, CRPF commandant also said that 20 jawans injured in the attack were taken to the Army's 92 Base hospital in Srinagar. He told ANI that the jawans were returning from firing range practice when the attack took place. "A CRPF convoy on way to Srinagar was attacked by militants at Namblabal near Pampore town on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway," a senior police officer told IANS. Nalin Prabhat, IG, CRPF said that both the terrorists killed in the attack appeared to be from Pakistan and from Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"Firing exchanges are still going on at the attack site as two militants are still reported to be firing at the security forces," he said, adding reinforcements have been rushed to the area to ensure that the surviving militants don't escape. Traffic on the busy highway came to a halt immediately after the attack, while tension has gripped nearby Pampore town. There is a high security alert issued in Srinagar and search is on for the two escaped terrorists. The DG is likely to visit Pampore on Sunday.
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