A terrorist attack took place near the HMT area on the outskirts Srinagar on Thursday that claimed the life of two army soldiers. The soldiers were a part of an Army patrol team that came under heavy firing from terrorists.
The army in a statement said terrorists fired indiscriminately at a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of the Indian Army in Srinagar’s Aban Shah Chowk, HMT, Khushipora today afternoon. Since it was a crowded area, troops exercised restraint to avoid any civilian casualties and collateral damage. Two soldiers were critically injured and were evacuated to the nearest medical facility. However, they have succumbed to their injuries.
The Army patrols were deployed for the security of convoys. The fresh terror attack came days after four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway near Nagrota. The four terrorists were hiding in a truck.
Vijay Kumar, Kashmir IG told news agency ANI that Jaish has active movement here, by evening we’ll identify the group. Terrorists fled in a car and were armed. Two are probably Pakistani and one local. Nagrota gunfight had injured two policemen. The attack was foiled by security forces on November 19. The police had said that terrorists were planning a big attack and that they were headed towards the Kashmir valley.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised security forces over the operation. He had tweeted, the security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir.
He had said neutralising of 4 terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted.