3 CRPF Men, Civilian Killed In Handwara; CISF Men Injured Elsewhere

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Srinagar: Three paramilitary CRPF personnel and a civilian were killed in a brief gunfight at Wangam area of Qaziabad Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday.
Reports quoting official said that militants attacked 92 battalion CRPF (A Coy) party at Wangam at around 5:32 pm. In the attack, two CRPF men were killed on the spot while two others suffered injuries in the shootout with of them succumbing to the injuries later. Both the injured were shifted to hospital where one among them succumbed on the way, they said.
The paramilitary troopers retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for around five minutes, they said.
As the guns fell silent, one more body was spotted near the shootout site and investigations have been launched to ascertain whether the body is that of a civilian or someone else, they said.
PRO CRPF Pankaj Singh told a local news agency that militants attacked the CRPF party at Wangam. “In the attack, three CRPF men were killed, two of them on the spot and another on way to the hospital,” he said, adding one more CRPF personnel has been hospitalized.
Regarding the body found near the spot, PRO said that there is a question mark about him as no weapon was found from him. Sources said that he was civilian.
Soon after the attack, additional reinforcement of army, SOG and CRPF rushed to the spot and launched a massive search operation to trace out the fleeing militants.
Meanwhile, a Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) personnel was injured after militants lobbed grenade towards the Power Grid station in Wagoora, Nowgam area in Central Kashmir’s Srinagar district.
A police officer confirmed the incident and said one CISF man received minor splinter injuries in this incident.
It’s pertinent to mention that Power Grid Corporation of India in Wagoora, Nowgam is manned by the CISF.
Meanwhile whole area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.

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