Three soldiers killed and five injured in Kashmir attack
9 September 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Three soldiers were killed and five others critically injured when militants attacked an Army convoy at Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway today. A Defence Ministry Spokesman told UNI that an Army convoy was on the way to Jammu from here when two militants suddenly appeared from a bylane at Awantipora, 29 km from here and resorted to indiscriminate firing. He said two vehicles came under the fire resulting in the death of three soldiers and injuries to five others. The injured were admitted to base hospital here where they are being operated upon, he said. Spokesman said the area was immediately cordoned off by the reinforcement forces rushed to the area from nearby camps. However, traffic on the highway was resumed after about an hour. He said massive search operation was going on in the nearby areas to nab the militants responsible for the attack. The attack on the Army convoy came barely 12 hours after former chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (Omar) Prof Abdul Gani Bhat said they will persuade gunwielding boys to give up the arms following successful first round of talks with the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. This was also the second major incident after HC held talks with the Dr Singh on Kashmir in New Delhi on September 5. On September seven two militants made an abortive bid to enter the civil secretariat, seat of the Jammu and Kashmir government. However, both of them were killed while one police constable lost his life and five others were wounded.