Four troopers of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and another critically wounded after being ambushed by guerrillas in Sopore town of North Kashmir on Wednesday, said media reports citing the police.
A road opening party consisting of the troopers came under a gun attack near an apple orchard in the Warpora locality of Sopore town Wednesday afternoon.
While two of the troops died on the spot, two others succumbed to bullet wounds at a local hospital, where the fifth trooper is still battling for life.
Before fleeing the guerrillas also snatched two automatic rifles belonging to the slain troopers.
The area remains cordoned and a search is reported to be on to nab those responsible for the attack that came close on the heels of an IED explosion that rocked Sopore town on Tuesday.
Though no casualties were reported from Tuesday’s explosion, media reports say it resulted in heightened tensions in the area.