Two army personnel were killed and four others injured after militants attacked an Army convoy in Qazigund area of Anantnag, Kashmir.
Two army personnel were killed and four others were injured after militants took on an Indian Army convoy in Qazigund area of Anantnag, Kashmir.
The convoy was attacked in Kulgam district’s Lower Munda, near Lower Munda toll post in Qazigund area of the district. Those injured were evacuated to a hospital and a hunt is underway to nab the militants. Lower Munda is 100 km from Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Two soldiers who sustained critical injuries earlier later succumbed to their injuries. The other four injured were airlifted to Srinagar for treatment.
The convoy was heading to Srinagar from Jammu when the incident occurred in Hillar area.
Similar attacks were carried out in February 2017 wherein three soldiers, including a Kashmiri jawan from Aanantnag, were killed in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hizbul Mujahideen ambushed the army convoy in the Shopian attack. The attack also led to a civilian’s death, when she was hit by a stray bullet.
After the attack the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for traffic following a militant attack on an army convoy. An official said that the traffic was suspended on the highway and a cordon and search operation launched to nab the attackers.
Meanwhile the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
In a statement to a local news agency, Hizb operational spokesman, Burhan-ud-din said, “The outfit militants carried out the attack successfully, which resulted in the killing of four troopers and injured seven as well.
“The injured troopers according to the reports are in critical condition,” he added.
Quoting the operational commander Mehmood Ghaznavi, he said that “the militants who carried out the attack will be given cash reward.” He warned of more such attacks in future.
The situation in Kashmir has deteriorated after the Army killed HM militant Sabzar Bhat in an encounter. The separatists had called for shutdowns to protest the top-rated militants killing.
On 24 May some militants including the suspected Kashmir chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Abu Dujana escaped from the dragnet of security forces in Pulwama district, as a stone-pelting mob gave them cover. In another such incident in March, a group of nine heavily armed rebels were trapped in an open field near Kakapora. However, as troops moved in, hundreds of villagers armed with stones descended on the field, to aid the militants.