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Army camp in Kashmir’s Shopian attacked by militants, no casualties

An army spokesman in Srinagar said that the firing was “ineffective” in causing any damage.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2019 20:16 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Suspected militants attacked an army camp in Kashmir’s Shopian but did not rinagar, India – May 04,2017:Army soldiers take position during an operation against Militants in Shopian district south of Srinagar,india on May 4, 2017.Thousands of soldiers and paramilitary soldiers are engaged in a huge anti-militant operation in Kashmir, where armed militants have repeatedly attacked government forces in recent weeks. Police said government forces had surrounded at least 20 villages in the drive, launched in Shopian district.(Photo by Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)(HT)

Suspected militants opened fire on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday evening but no one was injured, officials said.

Army’s Srinagar-based spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that there was standoff fire towards company operating base (COB) of 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Ahagom in Shopian at around 6:45 pm.

He said that the firing was “ineffective” in causing any damage.

“...(The) same was retaliated. No injuries to our troops,” he said in a statement.

A police officer said that the exchange of fire continued for some time.

This is for the third consecutive day that Kashmir has witnessed an attack or encounter.

On Saturday, two militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Khonmoh on Srinagar outskirts. Police said that they suspected the slain militants had plans of carrying out an attack on the Republic Day.

On Friday, militants targeted police and CRPF or their camps with grenades and firing at four different places across the Valley. A policeman was injured in one of these attacks at south Kashmir’s Anantnag.

While over 250 militants and as many as 91 security forces personnel were killed in different encounters in 2018, in January 2019 so far, 17 militants have been killed in different encounters. Out of these, 11 of them died since January 21 alone.

First Published: Jan 27, 2019 20:16 IST