Militants opened fire on a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy near Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night, injuring eight personnel including an officer.
A Hizbul Mujahideen spokesperson claimed responsibility for the attack. He told news agencies that it was carried out “in the wake of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s” visit. Modi arrived in the state on Tuesday on his maiden visit to Leh and Kargil.
The convoy was ferrying BSF men deployed for the Amarnath yatra from Pahalgam to Srinagar when it was ambushed. “Militants laid an ambush near Pampore… Eight of our personnel were injured” DIG (G) BSF A Asthana told The Indian Express. “The BSF personnel belonged to different battalions,” he said.
Asthana said the “militants must have been aware” that troops would be withdrawn on the conclusion of yatra, and were thus prepared for the attack. The attack took place even as the state government heightened security across the state in the wake of the Prime Minister’s visit. BSF officials said the wounded personnel were taken to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar and are in a stable condition. Soon after the attack, the security forces cordoned off the area and launched a massive hunt to nab the militants, but sources say no arrest have been made yet. Last year, militants had struck before then PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to the state, killing 10 soldiers.