Security force conduct raids, detains suspects in south Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 15: Security forces conducted raids at several places during the night in south Kashmir and detained several suspected in connection with Thursday afternoon fidayeen attack in which 49 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and several others were injured.
The militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack which was carried out by a local ultra after he rammed an explosive laden vehicle into one of the vehicle of CRPF convoy from Jammu to Srinagar.
This was the deadliest attack by militants since the eruption of militancy in early 90s in the Kashmir valley.
Official sources said on Friday that immediately after the attack, security forces and state police personnel conducted raids at several places in south Kashmir, particularly in Pulwama. They said several suspected persons were taken into custody for questioning.
Such raids continued throughout the night, sources said adding the exact number of those detained was not immediately clear.
Meanwhile, hundreds of security forces and state police personnel besides Army personnel have been deployed on the highway and Road Opening Parties (ROP) have also been put under high alert.
Entire area where the attack took place has been sealed by the security forces since last night and traffic was diverted through another tube of the highway. However, in the rest of the highway, traffic was plying on both sides.