Shopian: Militants on Saturday night attacked an army patrol by triggering off an IED blast in Heff village of Shopian district.
At about 11:15pm, militants triggered the IED blast that targeted a mine-protected Casspir vehicle of the army. Locals told Kashmir Reader that the IED was planted in the middle of the road and it exploded with a huge bang, creating panic in the village.
The sound of the explosion, locals said, was heard even in other villages, 8-10 kilometres away from Heff.
The IED blast was followed by a brief exchange of fire between militants and the army, they said.
Reinforcements were rushed to the area and a cordon and search operation was launched to nab the militants, but they could not be caught.
A senior police officer posted in the area confirmed the attack on the army vehicle. “An army vehicle came under militant attack. However, there was no loss of life or property in the IED blast,” he said.
Earlier in May this year, a similar attack on an army Casspir vehicle took place near Sugan village in the same area. It caused major damage to the vehicle and a few soldiers sustained minor injuries.