Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the fidayeen attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in south Kashmir district of Pulwama in the wee hours of Sunday.
The martyred Odia jawan was identified as Pradeep Kumar Panda of Liploi village in Rajgangpur of Sundergarh district.
In a pre-dawn attack, a two-member fidayeen (suicide) squad of JEM militants stormed into the CRPF centre at Lethpora on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway after lobbing grenades and resorted to heavy firing on the government forces around 2 AM, sources said. Latest reports state that three terrorists were killed in the operation. With this, the number of CRPF who were killed in the encounter has reached five including the one who suffered a heart attack. A gun-battle between the terrorists and security forces was underway when last reports came in. Reportedly, the militants hit the Block 3 of the CRPF camp. Meanwhile director general of police (DGP) SP Vaid at a press conference here said, the trend of local boys joining militancy has gone down. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. He was also a close aide of Ghazi Baba - who is accused to be the mastermind behind the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001.