Sopore/ Pulwama: Militants lobbed a grenade at a paramilitary CRPF camp in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Friday. However, it missed its target and exploded on the roadside, police said.
In Pulwama, militants hurled a grenade at a government forces’ camp at Tahab in the evening.
Police sources said that suspected militants lobbed a UBGL grenade towards the joint camp of 182 battalion CRPF and Army. The grenade exploded outside the camp.
The forces’ personnel in the camp retaliated with gunfire, forcing the militants to flee from the spot. No one was reported injured in the firing.
SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli confirmed to Kashmir Reader that a grenade was hurled at the camp at Tahab and that the sentries at the camp retaliated with gunfire.
In another incident, government forces restored to aerial firing after suspicious movement was observed near Police Station Rajpora in Pulwama district on Friday evening.
SSP Pulwama said that the sentry at police station Rajpora fired a few rounds in the air.
Soon after the incident, a joint team of government forces cordoned off both Tahab and Rajpora areas and launched a search operation to trace the attackers, the SSP said.
The attacks came a day ahead of India’s Republic Day celebrations. Government forces have stepped up security across Kashmir to thwart possible militant attacks and to ensure an incident-free Republic Day.
Forces have set up check points at several places including Srinagar-Jammu highway, Pampore, Pulwama, and other areas of south Kashmir. Vehicles were also being checked at various places, reports said.