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2 Indian security personnel killed in Pulwama attack: report

The dead personnel belonged to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and were at a road opening party (ROP) in Pulwama.

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Indian media reported on Monday that at least two security personnel were killed and five injured in Pulwama area of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir after militants opened fire on the occupying forces.

The dead personnel belonged to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and were at a road opening party (ROP) in Pulwama of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, India Today reported. The attack took place in the afternoon.

The area has now been cordoned off. According to local media, the militants attacked the forces near Pampore bypass in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. The injured personnel were later taken to the hospital.

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On February 14 2019, an explosive-laden vehicle had rammed through India’s central reserve police force convoy near Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. Forty CRPF personnel were killed. India blamed Pakistan for the attack.

In the days following the attack, Indian jets invaded Pakistani airspace with the intent to bomb civilian targets. However, Pakistan Air Force thwarted the attacks.

Operation Swift Retort was a response to the Indian’s intrusion into the airspace of Pakistan in late February 2019 that escalated tensions between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack on Indian forces in January 2019.

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Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan shot down the Indian jet of his counterpart Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during Operation Swift Retort. Varthaman survived the crash but was arrested by Pakistan Armed Forces. He was later returned to India as a peace gesture.

GVS News Desk with additional input by other sources