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1 jawan dead, 2 injured as militants attack CRPF vehicle

Sub-inspector of the CRPF was killed while another jawan injured when militants attacked their vehicle at Pantha chowk. Twitter  ANI

Inspector General of CRPF Ravideep Singh Sahi told Kashmir Reader that militants were seen running towards one of the buildings of DPS School to take shelter there, after attacking the CRPF patrol.

One CRPF officer was killed and a constable of the force injured in the attack that took place in high security zone located less than a kilometre away from headquarters of Army's Chinar Corps.

He said that the school building was cordoned off and searches were started by a joint party of army, SOG and CRPF.

Shortly before dawn huge blasts erupted inside the camps which was followed by intense firing from automatic weapons.

According to reports, the encounter has ended with the killing of militants. However, there is no official confirmation if the militants managed to enter the complex. A civilian has also been injured.

A gun battle has broken out in DPS Srinagar on Sunday morning. "The staff and whoever was inside the building was evacuated yesterday. We will foil such attempts".

The administrative block of the school building suffered extensive damage during the gunfight.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which has been behind some of the recent major militant attacks in the valley, has owned up responsibility for the attack.

On Saturday evening while the security forces were readying for the operation, a policeman accidentally fired his weapon injuring a J&K policeman and a CRPF jawan.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, said the government imposed Section 144 in the area where encounter is going on, "We don't want the locals to face any inconvenience due to law and order problems", he said.