Pulwama terror attack LIVE Updates: Rajnath Singh says morale of forces high after Indian Army guns down mastermind behind CRPF convoy attack

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Updated:Feb 18, 2019 6:11:58 pm

Pulwama terror attack Live: Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area during the night after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

A cordon and search operation by the security forces have also been launched in village Krawora in Shopian. (ANI)

Terror attack in Pulwama: Four, 55 Rashtriya Rifles personnel, were martyred on Monday in a gun battle with terrorists in Pulwama on Monday.  The forces were conducting searches, the militants fired upon them, triggering off a gun battle.

The slain soldiers are Major V S Dhondial, Havaldar Sheo Ram and Sepoys Hari Singh and Ajay Kumar.

Two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist were killed: Identified as Kamran, a Pakistani national and top commander of the Jaish, and Hilal Ahmad, a local recruited by the terror group, PTI reported. Kamran’s role in the February 14 suicide bombing of a CRPF convoy was under the scanner of investigators.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area during the night after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

A cordon and search operation by the security forces have also been launched in village Krawora in Shopian.

Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called for a nationwide strike on Monday to express solidarity with the families of 40 CRPF jawans martyred in the Pulwama terror attack last week. In a statement issued yesterday, the CAIT said that commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity through out the day.

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    15:53 (IST)18 Feb 2019
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    15:50 (IST)18 Feb 2019
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    14:25 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Pulwama Terror Attack: Army in touch with Defence Ministry

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    14:22 (IST)18 Feb 2019
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    12:36 (IST)18 Feb 2019
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    Pulwama Terror Attack: Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders has called for a nationwide strike

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    19:43 (IST)16 Feb 2019
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    19:05 (IST)16 Feb 2019
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    18:51 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Pulwama attack: Tributes paid to CRPF Constable Nitin Shivaji in Maharashtra

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    18:42 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Pakistan violates ceasefire in Nowshera

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    18:35 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Mortal remains of CRPF Head Constable Bablu Santra reach Kolkata

    Mortal remains of CRPF Head Constable Bablu Santra and Constable Sudip Biswas brought to Kolkata airport, West Bengal. 

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    Tributes paid to CRPF's Naseer Ahmed at Rajouri

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    Pulwama attack: Odisha artist crafts a miniature of Amar Jawan in bottle

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    IED explosion near LoC, one jawan martyred

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    16:49 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Pulwama atttack: Mamata Banerjee participates in candle march

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    16:35 (IST)16 Feb 2019
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    16:27 (IST)16 Feb 2019
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