3 Army men injured in Srinagar’s Pantha Chowk encounter, militants inside DPS Complex

Srinagar

Srinagar, June 25: Three Army personnel injured in a gunfight triggered on Sunday between the security forces and holed-up militants in Srinagar’s Pantha Chowk, police said.

Three army personnel, including a captain, have been injured in the encounter. However, their condition was stable, authorities said.

“All injured army personnel are stable and out of danger,” a police officer said, confirming that the injured have been shifted to the 92 Base Hospital of the army in Badami Bagh cantonment.

According to police, the gunfight started after midnight between the militants holed up inside the Delhi Public School (DPS) complex here and the security forces in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar.

S.P. Vaid, Director General of Police (DGP) informed that two militants are holed up inside the DPS complex.

According to the security sources the two militants have been killed. However, the police did not confirm the development.

The area has been already evacuated, said J&K, DGP SP Vaid.

The militants on Saturday attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

A Sub-Inspector of the CRPF was killed and two troopers injured in the attack after which the militants entered the DPS complex. Security forces immediately surrounded the school complex to prevent the militants from escaping.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit owned responsibility for the attack.

District Magistrate of Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone on Saturday imposed restrictions on the stretch of Srinagar-Jammu national highway between Ram Munshibagh and Sempora.

Mobile internet services (3G/4G) were also suspended in the Kashmir Valley to prevent the spread of rumours.

The speed of landline broadband connections has also been suspended.

Also, in a freak accident, the service rifle of a policeman went off at the site of the militant attack on Saturday.

Two persons including a CRPF trooper and a policeman were injured in the freak accident.

Wefornews Bureau

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