Anantnag: A 14-year-old girl was critically wounded in cross-fire between militants and government forces here in Kulgam district on Thursday.
The girl, Muskan Jan of Qaimoh area, has been operated on at SMHS hospital in Srinagar and is still in coma, a health official told Kashmir Reader.
The shootout took place at about 9:00 AM Thursday morning in Qaimoh area. A senior police official told Kashmir Reader that a group of militants opened fire at army men stationed in a part of Sher-e-Kashmir Agriculture University’s south campus in Qaimoh.
“Their camp is located to the rear side of the campus, which has a nearby civilian neighbourhood beyond the boundary of the campus,” the police official said.
He said that the militants appeared from within the neighbourhood and opened indiscriminate fire at the army installation.
“The army men retaliated to the fire. The militants fled but a little girl was caught in the cross fire, unfortunately,” the official said.
A local health official told Kashmir Reader that Muskaan was first rushed to the Qaimoh SDH (sub-district hospital) and from there to Anantnag district hospital.
“I am told that she was later referred to SMHS and has been operated upon. Her condition, however, remains critical as she is in a coma,” the health official said.
Following the firing, a search operation was launched in the area to try and nab the attackers, but they had fled by then.