5 BSF troops hit by bullets in militant attack at Pantha Chowk

5 BSF troops hit by bullets in militant attack at Pantha Chowk
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At Narbal, militant wounded in exchange of gunfire at highway checkpost

SRINAGAR: Five Border Security Force (BSF) troops sustained bullet injuries on Monday evening after militants attacked their vehicle in a high-security zone near BSF headquarters Zewan in Pantha Chowk area on outskirts of Srinagar.
The BSF troopers retaliated to the attack but the militants escaped from the scene, sources said.
The militants opened fire on the BSF’s 407 vehicle (No WB-73-9998) at about 6.05pm near Zewan crossing on the Pantha Chowk-Khanmoh road, a police official told Kashmir Reader.
The vehicle was coming from the Srinagar side toward the Pantha Chowk camp of the BSF when it was fired upon near Zewan crossing, official sources said.
The injured troopers have been identified as Head Constable Mohammad Yousu, Ct VR Mandal, Ct Surinder, Ct Govind, and Ct Samrat.
All of them are stable and are being treated at the BSF hospital at Pantha Chowk, police said.
Soon after the attack, reinforcements were rushed to the area and searches were conducted to nab the militants, police sources said.
In another incident, a suspected militant was injured and his two accomplices were arrested by government forces when they were intercepted at a naka (check post) on the outskirts of the city on Monday.
A police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that the militants opened fire at the government forces when they were asked to stop at the naka. The fire was retaliated to by the government forces and the driver of the vehicle was injured, the police officer said.
“He has sustained injury in his shoulder. We first shifted him to JVC from where he was referred to SKIMS Soura, where he is undergoing treatment. We will examine his role once he recovers and take action accordingly. No one was injured from our side,” the police officer said.
The incident happened at Narbal area on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.