Anantnag: Two army men were killed and four others injured when militants opened fire at an army convoy in Lower Munda area of Anantnag district, some 80 kilometers south of Srinagar city.
The attack took place at about 11:15 AM Saturday morning. Militants ambushed an army convoy that was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu.
According to police reports, the militants, believed to be two in number, had apparently positioned themselves in advance at the place of the attack, at Wuzur village near Lower Munda toll post.
“They opened fire at the army vehicles and fired indiscriminately using automated weapons,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Kashmir Range, SP Pani, told this reporter.
He said the attack left as many as 6 army men injured. He said the injured were immediately evacuated to the army hospital in Srinagar.
An army spokesperson also confirmed the attack. He said that two of the injured army men succumbed to their injuries, “one on the way to the hospital and another after reaching it.”
He said four others were undergoing treatment at the 92 Base Hospital in Badamibagh Cantonment area.
“All of them are stable and responding well to the treatment,” he told Kashmir Reader.
The attackers fled the spot after firing indiscriminately at the army convoy.
An unsuccessful manhunt was launched by army, police and CRPF in the area. Extensive searches were carried out amid a tight cordon.
Panic gripped Wuzur and adjoining villages when the firing was followed by a ‘cordon and search’ operation. The Jammu-Srinagar national highway also came to a standstill following the firing and it took police a while to clear traffic.
“The highway was restored after about 20 minutes of the firing,” Pani told Kashmir Reader.
Meanwhile, the attack which has come days after killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) commander Sabzar Bhat in Tral area of Pulwama district, has been claimed by the HM.
In a statement to a local news gathering agency, the outfit claimed to have carried out the attack.