Army Convoy Returning After Searches Attacked By Militants

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Srinagar: Shortly after armed forces concluded a massive anti-militancy operation in Shopian Thursday evening, militants ambushed an Army patrol in the area, leaving one dead and three soldiers injured.

Police sources said militants attacked a Tata Sumo hired by army near Kiloora area of Imam Sahib area in Shopian district in the evening.

They said militants fired indiscriminately from AK-47 rifles towards the vehicle in which army men were travelling.

“In the militant firing, the civilian driver of the vehicle and three army men including a Major travelling in the cab were injured,” sources said.

They said the injured driver succumbed to injuries while being shifted to hospital while the injured army men are undergoing treatment at the army hospital.

According to sources, one of the injured army men is Major-rank officer.

The militant attack took place few hours after over 4000 army, police and paramilitary personnel called off over eight-hour long massive combing and search operation in nearly two dozen villages in Shopian district.

Meanwhile Hizb-ul-Mujahideen claimed the responsibility for the attack.

In a tete-statement, Hizb spokesman Burhan-u-din told local news agency KNS that following the crackdown in Shopian by Army, “our militants attacked them In which they suffered damage”.

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