Srinagar: Two soldiers killed as terrorists attacked army patrol near HMT area of Srinagar district on Thursday. The terrorists also decamped with one rifle of the soldiers before fleeing from the area which has quite security presence.
A police officer told to media that terrorists carried out the attack at around 1315 hours at the army’s patrol at Aban Shah Chowk Sharifabad HMT area of Srinagar.
The officer said preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists were travelling in a Maruti car and took “undue advantage of crowded place”.
Two army soldiers were injured in the attack and were evacuated to hospital for treatment. However both of them— Sepoy Ratan of 163 Battalion Territorial Army and Sepoy Deshmukh of 101 Battalion Territorial Army—succumbed to their injuries, the officer said.
“The area of occurrence being very much crowded, army personnel exercised maximum restraint to avoid any civilian causalities and collateral damage,” a police spokesman said in a statement.
Official sources said that terrorists also decamped with one rifle of the soldiers.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar told to media that the Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists were involved in the attack.
We have identity those who are behind this attack, and will be naturalized soon, IGP added.
A defence ministry spokesman based in Srinagar, Col Rajesh Kalia in a statement said that terrorists fired indiscriminately at Quick Reaction Team of Indian Army.
“Being a crowded area, troops exercised restraint to avoid any civilian causalities & collateral damage,” he said, adding, “Two soldiers were critically injured and were evacuated to the nearest medical facility. However, they have succumbed to their injuries.