3 security personnel dead as militants strike in Kashmir again

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 12:00 IST
Special Operation Group (SoG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel take positions during an encounter with the militants at Nowhatta in Srinagar on Monday. Militants staged another attack on Wednesday morning. (PTI Photo)

Two army men and a Jammu and Kashmir police personnel were killed when militants attacked an army convoy in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district late on Tuesday night.

According to senior superintendent of police, Baramulla, Imtiaz Hussain, three other security men, including a cop, were injured.

Militants ambushed an army convoy at Khwaja Bagh in Baramulla at around at 2:15 am when night curfew had been imposed in the area to facilitate army movement during night.

“It was an attack on an army convoy which moves usually during the night these days. Police vehicle was also moving during the same time. One policeman was killed while another cop was injured as their vehicle also came under attack,” Hussain said.

Police said a massive operation had been launched to track down the attackers who immediately fled in the dark.

The attack comes two days after militants attacked Srinagar’s downtown area of Nowhatta, near a famous Sufi shrine. Two militants and a CRPF officer were killed in the attack that was planned to coincide with Independence Day.

Meanwhile, curfew and restrictions continued to be in place across the Valley and in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Separatists had called for August 15 to be observed as a black day and security forces were out in full force to ensure order.

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