Three Army jawans were injured and a civilian driver killed after an army patrol, part of a massive combing operation underway in 20 villages of Shopian district, was attacked by militants.
A private SUV carrying jawans of 62 Rashtriya Rifles was on way from operation area when militants ambushed them and indiscriminately fired at the vehicle resulting injuries to three jawans in and the civilian driver who succumbed to injuries later on.
The injured were shifted to hospital the area was cordoned off. It is believed that the militants had fled from the area after attack.
Two Army personnel and a civilian injured after terrorists attacked an Army patrol party in Shopian(J&K) (visuals deferred) pic.twitter.com/C5Y7IkeCr9
; ANI (@ANI_news) May 4, 2017
Helicopters and drones circled the air and more than 4,000 troops today fanned out across south Kashmir's Shopian district in a massive operation to flush out militants holed up inside homes.
The operation targeting militants who have been hiding in the area and striking against security forces began in the early hours of the morning with security forces, comprising army, police and CRPF, marching into more than a dozen villages in the district, army sources said.
The operation in Shopian, about 55 km from Srinagar, was perhaps the biggest in more than a decade in the troubled Kashmir Valley, an army official said on the condition of anonymity.
Door-to-door search of houses, a practice stopped in the late 1990s, was re-introduced today. The troops asked all villagers to assemble in a common area so a proper search of their homes could be carried out.