Army launches house-to-house search operation in Pampore

Srinagar: Army launched a house-to-house search operation in Pampore town of Pulwama district on the outskirts of Srinagar after militants fled from the spot after firing several rounds on an army convoy on Saturday.

Sources said that the militants laid an ambush on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Kadlabal area of Pampore on Saturday late afternoon and attacked an army convoy. The militants were believed to have come on a motorbike and later fled from the spot on it.

The militants, however, injured three army men during brief exchange of gunfire on the highway.

Despite the presence of road opening parties, militants have managed to target army and para-military convoys on the highway several times in the past. Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attack in which their fidayeens were killed.

On 25 June, eight CRPF personnel were killed and at least 20 others injured when militants attacked their convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway near Pampore town.

On 3 June, three BSF personnel were killed when militants targeted their convoy at Bijbhera area of Anantnag district in South Kashmir.

In February, two CRPF personnel were killed and 11 others injured on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the same area where Saturday’s attack took place. The militants later took refuge at a nearby institute and the encounter lasted for three days.

In December 2015, a deputy superintendent of police and his guard were seriously injured when militants targeted a police vehicle at Bijbhera on the highway.

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