Shopian: An army convoy passing through Kachdora area in Shopian district came under gunfire from suspected militants on Monday noon. The army soldiers retaliated with their own gunfire but the militants escaped and there were no reports of injuries on either side. A search operation was launched in the area by a joint team of army and police soon after the attack took place, but it was called off after no militant was found.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that they heard gunshots for about three minutes, which created panic in the area. They said the exchange of gunfire took place when army soldiers were passing through Kachdora in their vehicles.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, AS Dinkar, told Kashmir Reader that an army patrol of 34 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) saw some “suspicious fire” directed towards them. “Some suspicious fire came towards the army, which was retaliated to by the troopers of 34 RR. Later, searches were carried out but security forces withdrew from the area after nothing was found there,” he said.
Srinagar-based army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that army soldiers were going through the area in their vehicles when “gunfire hit one of their vehicles.”
“It was retaliated to by the army. However, there was no damage of any kind,” Col Kalia said.
Nine days ago, the cavalcade of Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian came under attack from militants when he was going to attend an army function. That attack took place near Hajipora area in Shopian district.