Panic gripped Srinagar when two motorcycle-borne gunmen fired at armymen near Hyderpora on Saturday afternoon. The army retaliated,but the suspected militants managed to escape.
There was no causality. One civilian was injured. He was hit by a glass shard inside a car showroom, Inspector general of police, Abdul Gani Mir said.
We are trying to ascertain the exact target of the militants, he added.
The army also confirmed the firing. The militants attacked our deployment on the highway. No causality was reported, a defence spokesperson said.
The army cordoned off and searched the area but the attackers were not found.
The attack comes three months after militants struck an army convoy in the same area and killed eight soldiers,and,in all,it was the third attack in the area in the past year. After the June attack,the army had taken over the responsibility to santise the highway from the CRPF.
6-hr manhunt fails to trace militants
After a tip off that militants were in Dayalachak,security forces,smarting from Thursdays twin attacks in Jammu,launched a massive manhunt Saturday morning.
But the search yielded nothing and was called off after security forces swept through Charjartha,and nearby villages and forests for six hours. Six policemen each were left behind at Charjartha primary school where the militants had reportedly been sighted and a nearby stadium,a villager said. Sources said the police are reluctant to announce the manhunt over.