2 CRPF men injured in suspected militant attack

Two paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel including a Sub-Inspector were injured after suspected militants attacked a patrol party in Arwani village of Bijbehara in this South Kashmir district on Tuesday evening, police said.
2 CRPF men injured in suspected militant attack
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Two paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel including a Sub-Inspector were injured after suspected militants attacked a patrol party in Arwani village of Bijbehara in this South Kashmir district on Tuesday evening, police said.

The government forces instantly launched searches in the area to nab the attackers, a police official said.

The attack took place at 5.30 pm when militants lobbed a grenade and fired gunshots at the 90th Battalion CRPF patrolling party in the area, he said.

He said a CRPF Sub-Inspector, identified as Bardan, and a constable of the force sustained injuries in the attack.

"The duo was rushed to sub-district hospital Bijbehara immediately and their condition is stable," the police official said.

He said soon after the attack, a cordon was laid around Herigam-Arwani village and searches were on to nab the attackers. But, he said, the militants—believed to be two—might have fled from the area.

Meanwhile, militants reportedly gave slip to forces during a cordon after firing in Hajipora area of Shopian district this evening.

Following specific information about presence of militants in the orchards of Hajipora and Kharwara areas, the soldiers of Army's 62 RR and SOG Shopian cordoned the villages including Nildoora, Hajipora and Kharwara this evening.

As the search operation was started, some militants present in the orchard fired several rounds and managed to escape after breaking the cordon, a police official said.

"Actually there were inputs that Constable Shakoor who recently escaped with rifles, was present in the village along with another militant. When the forces cordoned  the area and started a search operation, they fired several rounds and escaped from the area," the police officer said.

Panic gripped the entire area after firing and people rushed to safer places. The searches were on till last reports came in.

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