2 Soldiers Hurt In First Militant Attack In Kashmir In 2010

2 January 2010
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: The militants carried out the first attack of 2010 by targeting two Indian paramilitary border guards in Kashmir on Saturday. Both the soldiers were critically injured in the attack. Militants on Saturday morning fired from point blank range towards two Indian paramilitary border guards while they were withdrawing money from an Automated Teller Machine at Soura, some 10 kms from the summer capital Srinagar. The soldiers identified as Constable Davinder and head constable Saifullah received critical injured and were immediately taken to the hospital, where doctors are attending on them. The militants managed to escape from the crowded area after carrying out the attack. Eyewitnesses said that the policemen deployed some meters away from the spot fired in the air, causing panic. The shopkeepers in the area pulled down shutters of their shops while the vehicular movement went off the roads. Immediately after the attack, police and paramilitary soldiers laid siege around the area to flush out the militants responsible for the attack. No arrests were, however, reported. Although no militant group has owned the responsibility of the attack, police believe that the attack was either carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen or Lashkar-e-Toiba activists. 'We have launched investigations,' said a senior police officer. After the shoot-out, the security apparatus across the capital Srinagar city was beefed up and soldiers were seen conducting random searches of the vehicles. Today's attack was the first attack launched by militants on Indian soldiers in the restive Kashmir in 2010.

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