Militants killed 5 jawans in Srinagar, 14 injured

Srinagar: Suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants on Monday ambushed an Army convoy on the outskirts of the city, killing 5 jawans and injuring 14 others.

Militants attacked the convoy at Hyderpora bypass on the Airport-Lal Chowk road, outside a private hospital this evening, the second major strike in three days. Five jawans were killed and 14 others sustained injuries. The bodies were taken to Badami Bagh cantonment, Army spokesman said.

Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack. A person Baliguddin, identifying himself as spokesperson of the outfit, called up a local news agency and said several squads have been formed and similar attacks will be carried out in the city in the future as well.

The militants opened indiscriminate firing on the convoy coming from north to south Kashmir and fled the scene in the face of the retaliation, officials said. Army troops along with police and CRPF immediately cordoned off the whole area and launched a manhunt to nab the militants, officials said.

They said after initial heavy firing, gunshots continued for a few minutes but there were no reports of further casualties in the area. However, half-an-hour later, firing was reported in Barzulla area, two kms away from Hyderpora on Airport-Lal Chowk road.

On Monday’s attack comes two days after Hizbul Mujahideen militants gunned down two policemen in the heart of Srinagar city. The brazen attack came even as security has been beefed up across the Valley in view of Prime Minister’s two-day visit starting on Tuesday.

PMO sources in Delhi said that there was no change in Singh’s programme. The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach here along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on a two-day visit, during which he is expected to announce a package for border districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh and Gandhi will also launch train service on a railway section between Qazigund in Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region that will provide an all-weather link to the Valley.

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