Forces Call Off Ops After Militants Escape

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Pulwama: Government forces on Wednesday called off a search operation in a Pulwama village in southern part of Kashmir as the militants managed to escape from their cordon.

Reports said that the cordon and search operation, which commenced on Tuesday evening after exchange of fire between militants and Forces was called off as militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness at Hakripora Kakapora area of Pulwama district.

Clashes erupted in the area soon after forces launched a cordon and search operation in the village. Eyewitnesses told CNS that scores of people took to streets and pelted stones at the forces to help militants escape, reports said.

    Locals according to reports said that amidst clashes people removed steel plates of a bridge at Gadoora to halt army vehicles from reaching the spot where militants were hiding.

Forces used teargas shelling to disperse the protesters, local sources said.

Grenade Hurled on SOG Camp; Chilli Sprinkled on Bank Security Guard

Srinagar: Suspected militants today evening hurled grenade on SOG camp in Imam Sahab area of Shopian district, resulting in injuries to three civilians.

Sources said the militants hurled at SOG camp in Imam Sahab but it missed its target and exploded outside the camp, resulting in splinter injuries to three pedestrians. The injured were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital for treatment. Reports said soon after the attack, government forces rushed to the spot and launched searches.

Earlier, unidentified persons sprinkled chilli into eyes of a Jammu and Kashmir Bank guard in Imam Sahab area of Shopian. According to a police official, two unidentified persons sprinkled chilli powder into eyes of bank guards at Imam Sahab in Shopian district.

“The motive of the attack was not clear. The associate of the bank guard managed to save him,” he said, adding that the attackers fled from the spot without causing any further damage.

The police said that investigation has been launched into the case and a manhunt to nab the culprits is underway. “We are looking into the matter to see whether they wanted to decamp with cash or .303 guns of the bank guards,” he added.

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