Three soldiers injured as militants open fire at Indian Army convoy on Parimpora-Panthachowk bypass road in Kashmir

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New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2017 4:13:50 PM

Two Indian Army soldiers were injured today as militants attacked an army convoy near a hospital on Parimpora-Panthachowk bypass road.

A police official has confirmed that miscreants started pelting stones at the police and the paramilitary CRPF personnel soon after the attack, triggering clashes. (ANI)

As the tension between India and Pakistan escalates with frequent cross-border firings and terrorist infiltrations across the border in Kashmir, in yet another instance of terrorist attack in the valley, three Indian Army soldiers were injured today as militants attacked an army convoy near a hospital on the Parimpora-Panthachowk bypass road. Protests also broke out among the cops and the protestors in Kashmir over the arrest of a mentally retarded man. A police official has confirmed that miscreants started pelting stones at the police and the paramilitary CRPF personnel soon after the attack, triggering clashes.

According to the official, the militants opened fire on the convoy near the SKMS Hospital Bemina at around 1:15 pm and two soldiers who were on board the last vehicle of the convoy were injured. The convoy was on its way from Parimpora to Panthachowk when the attack took place.

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The police official said that the troops retaliated, forcing the militants to flee from the spot and the area has been cordoned off and combing operations started to track down the militants. Efforts were on to restore order in the area.

Earlier in the day, Gunshots were heard in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas here today, triggering panic in the busy market place.

“Firing of gunshots has been reported from Lal Chowk area. We are investigating the incident,” a police official said.

Most of the business establishments downed their shutters while pedestrians ran towards safer places as people had apprehensions about a militant attack in the area.

(With inputs from agencies)

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