Militants on Saturday opened fire on an army convoy near a hospital on the Parimpora-Panthachowk bypass road in Srinagar.
At least two soldiers were injured in the attack, police said. The convoy was on its way from Parimpora to Panthachowk when the attack took place. The militants opened fire on the convoy near SKIMS Hospital, Bemina around 1.15 pm, the official said.
Some miscreants started pelting stones at the police and the paramilitary CRPF personnel soon after the attack, triggering clashes, a police official said.
The troops retaliated, forcing the militants to flee from the spot, the official said.
The area has been cordoned off and combing operations have started to track down the militants, the official said. Efforts are on to restore order in the area.
Following the attack, Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted that the attack is a “desperate attempt by Pak to defeat the democratic process and the by-polls.”
He also said that he is confident that people will turn up in large numbers to cast their votes.
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