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After Srinagar, guns boom in Kashmir's Sopore town

Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 20, 2012
First Published: 19:55 IST(20/10/2012) | Last Updated: 19:57 IST(20/10/2012)

A day after a shootout by suspected militants in Srinagar killed a civilian, guns boomed in Kashmir's northern town of Sopore on Saturday, eliciting a sharp reaction from chief minister Omar Abdullah.

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Police officials said that a soldier of CRPF's 179 battalion, Sumith Kumar, was injured when militants lobbed a grenade during a search operation in Shallapora area of Sopore, 45 km from Srinagar.

"Police had specific information regarding the presence of militants in Shallapora. The area was cordoned in a joint operation by Police, army and CRPF personnel. During the operation, militants fired upon the party wounding a soldier of CRPF's 179 battalion," said a police official.

CRPF spokesman Sudhir Kumar said that the wounded soldier had "splinter injuries of a grenade".

"The operation is still going on and the area has been cordoned off. There was an exchange of fire between the militants and security forces," Kumar said.

"Senior officers have reached the spot to monitor the situation," he said.

On Friday, gunmen struck Srinagar after months of calm, opening fire on an army convoy and trying to shoot their way into a four-star hotel, killing one civilian and injuring three in the process. 

"Some people are bent upon disturbing peace and drag people into difficulties and hardships," the chief minister said.

"They try to create fear in the minds of people by using mikes and guns as peaceful situation does not suit to their style of politics," he said while referring to the "militant attack" on a hotel near Srinagar on Friday.


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