Contact had been established when stone-pelting youth came to the rescue
Bandipora: Militants were successful in fleeing a military operation after youths pelted the troops with stones in Hajin town of Bandipora district on Saturday.
Officials said that soldiers of 13RR and SOG personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned off two localities — Tawheed Abad and Parray Mohalla — in Hajin late afternoon.
Soon after the cordon was launched, youth resorted to stone-pelting to which the forces retaliated, triggering clashes.
Sources said that the forces were successful in establishing contact with militants, which resulted in a brief exchange of gunfire, but lost their target when clashes between youths and forces escalated.
Officials said they believed there were at least two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants who managed to escape.
It was the first cordon laid in volatile Hajin after the Ramzan truce ended.
Hajin according to security experts has remained the most volatile area in the past three years, militants making it a strategic route and a sort of base camp, to which people have helped so as to shed their Ikhwan tag. The town has also recently witnessed a chilling sequence of civilian killings by “unknown men”.
During the month of Ramzan, militants attacked the army camp in Hajin, a dramatic break from their policy of laying low in the town to facilitate militants’ movement, and appeared in town often to deliver public addresses.
Today, the government launched also a cordon and search operation at Chimpazpora in Ajas area of the same district. It was called off without any success.
Sources say that the government forces are chasing a group of newly infiltrated militants in the district.