On Monday, The Indian Express visited 13 schools in Srinagar - all in the city’s relatively peaceful Civil Lines area. Of these, 11 schools were locked while security guards at the two remaining schools said neither students nor the staff had arrived.
The curbs include shutting a 97 km-stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway for civilian traffic five hours every day, halting a train on the Banihal-Srinagar stretch for five hours, and halting the movement of civilians traffic and pedestrians for hours on the Anantnag-Pahalgam stretch of the highway.
"It is very difficult to give an exact figure and the variation of figure continues because it changes from day to day. But, we know that it is around 200. The assessment of local terrorists is around 110-120. Similarly, the foreigners are about 100."
Kashmir Valley had witnessed long spell of violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. Massive violence was again witnessed during the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.
The attack at Sumbal came two days after militants attacked an Army convoy in Qazigund, South Kashmir, and killed two soldiers. It is the second fidayeen attack in North Kashmir in the last two months.