Two militants were also killed in the gunfight, the second major attack on a security convoy this month.
An official said the militants attacked a three-vehicle CRPF convoy coming to Srinagar near Frestbal in Pampore town at around 5.50pm. The militants fired intensely at one bus, leading to the high number of causalities.
Eight CRPF personnel were killed when militants attacked the bus on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo) Utv Pakistan Report
“Eight of our men have been martyred including a sub-inspector,” CRPF DIG KK Sharma said.
According some accounts, two more militants were involved in the attack but there was no official confirmation.
The area was sealed and an alert was issued about the possibility of two terrorists having fled the spot in a car towards Srinagar.
Traffic on the busy highway came to halt immediately after the attack, while tension gripped the nearby Pampore town.
The terrorists appeared to have carefully chosen the spot for the ambush as every vehicle has to slow down there because of a sharp curve on the road. Security agencies suspect a reconnaissance might have preceded the assault.
Asked whether the slain terrorists were from across the border, Jammu and Kashmir director general of police K Rajendra said: “In all probability, they seem to be from Pakistan.”
“My heart goes out to the families of the CRPF men who lost their lives in Pampore. I also pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted after the attack.
On June 3, three Border Security Force personnel were killed and five others were injured after militants ambushed their convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The militants had managed to escape after the attack.
Major militant attacks in J-K since 2013
June 3, 2016: Three Border Security Force personnel were killed and five more wounded after militants ambushed their convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, around 45km from Srinagar.
February 20, 2016: Militants attacked a convoy of CRPF on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pampore and entered a government building nearby. The gunfight continued for more than 48 hours and ended with the death of three armymen, two CRPF men and one civilian besides three militants.
August 5, 2015: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants attacked a BSF convoy in the Udhampur district, killing two BSF jawans. One militant was killed while another Pakistani militant was captured alive by villagers.
December 5, 2014: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in Kashmir, six militants stormed an Indian Army camp in north Kashmir’s Uri. In the ensuing gun battle, eight army soldiers, including a Lieutenant-Colonel, three Jammu and Kashmir policemen and all six militants were killed.
June 24, 2013: Militants carried out a brazen attack on an army convoy, killing eight jawans and injuring 11 others near Hyderpora area on the outskirts of the Srinagar city.