Shootout Near SKIMS, Bemina, Militants Escape

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Srinagar: A teenager was injured on Friday during a shootout between militants and police near the SK institute of medical sciences (SKIMS) in Bemina area of the city outskirts.

19 year-old Masood Ahmad of Doda was injured after a bullet hit his right arm during a shootout between militants and government forces near the SKIMS medical college hospital in Bemina area here on Friday afternoon, reports said.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Bemina, Dr Shifa Deva told Kashmir Observer that an attendant suffered a minor injury in his arm during the shootout.

“The injury is minor and the attendant is stable,” she said.

According to the reports, the militants managed to flee from the spot after engaging the government forces in a brief encounter.

“There was a brief fire fight between terrorists and security forces at SKIMS Hospital, Bemina. Terrorists managed to escape taking advantage of civilian presence,” Kashmir Police posted on its official Twitter handle.

Soon after the attack that took place along the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, additional reinforcements of army, police and CRPF reached the spot and launched a search operation, reports said.

The joint forces also frisked passersby and thoroughly checked the vehicles plying on the highway. However, no arrests were made when the last reports came in.

Meanwhile, a local news agency reported that the shootout took place when cops in a covert operation tried to kill a top militant commander, probably Mehraan, a resident of Srinagar at hospital when he fired back with a pistol and ran away.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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