Samba: Lauding the security forces for a strong retaliatory response to Pakistan, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh on Sunday said the Pulwama encounter had exposed Pakistan.
"Pakistan does cross-border firing in desperation and frustration, attacks our posts, and kills our civilians. We are replying to them and they are facing defeat. Pakistan has been exposed and isolated on the diplomatic front," ANI quoted him as saying.
Heavily armed terrorists on Sunday launched a pre-dawn attack on a CRPF camp in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, killing four personnel of the force.
"Four CRPF jawans have been martyred and three others are injured. The bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered. We believe another terrorist has also been killed," CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav told PTI.
Sharief-ud-din Ganaie, Kuldip Roy, Taufail Ahmed, Rajendra Nain and Pradeep Kumar Panda lost their lives in the attack.
A CRPF official said the "heavily armed militants stormed the camp at about 2 am. They were armed with under- barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons. They were challenged by camp sentries."
Director General of Police SP Vaid said security forces had inputs about an impending militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.
Terming the attack as 'unfortunate', Vaid said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through this.
"There was an input from the last two-three days.They (militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night," Vaid told reporters.
The CRPF camp also serves as the training centre for troops inducted for counter-militancy operations in Kashmir Valley. A J&K Police team is also co-located with CRPF in this camp.
Meanwhile, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday condemned the terror attack in Pulwama.
My deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the 4 CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 31, 2017
Terming the attack as 'dastardly', the CM said that violence had taken a heavy toll in the state in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of the social fabric, inflicting massive economic, academic and social losses besides the irreparable loss of human lives.
(With Agency inputs)