SHOPIAN: Suspected militants attacked an army patrol near Malikgund bus stop on the Shopian-Zainapora road, some seven kilometers from district headquarters Shopian, at about 11am Sunday. Malikgund is an area of apple orchards and is connected to a large mountain pass.
The gunshots created panic in the area as majority of the people were working in their orchards. Locals told Kashmir Reader that army personnel were conducting vehicle searches and checking identity cards since the morning in the area. They said that the sound of about a dozen gunshots made the people leave their work and go home.
Shopian Senior Superintendent of Police Shailendra Mishra said that an army patrolling party was conducting area domination duties when militants fired upon them. “There was no loss of life in the incident,” he said.
Police sources said that soon after the attack, a massive manhunt was launched in the area to nab the assailants. Searches were conducted in adjoining areas as well, but nothing was found.
Minor clashes erupted after rumours of some militants being trapped spread in the area. Dozens of youths hit the streets and hurled rocks on government forces. However, the situation returned to normal soon.