Militants ambushed a security convoy before taking cover in a nearby school in Srinagar. Security forces are conducting search operations
A sub-inspector was killed and a CRPF soldier injured in an attack by militants on their vehicle near a prominent school close to Pantha chowk bypass in Srinagar on Saturday.
Spokesperson for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),Rajesh Yadav, confirmed the casualties, while inspector general of the paramilitary force, Ravideep Sahi, told ANI, “Firing was on our vehicle… We have cordoned the area.”
After the firing, the militants escaped towards the school.
School authorities sent out messages to parents saying all students and staff were safe. The school had closed at 2:30 pm.
Militants fired upon CRPF personnel, part of road opening deployment, while they were sitting inside their vehicle at Pantha chowk bypass along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at around 5:50pm. A Jawan and the driver suffered bullet injuries.
CRPF personnel retaliated but there was no immediate report of any casualty on the militant side.
Reinforcements have been rushed to the area and a search operation was launched to track down the militants, the officials said.
The injured CRPF jawan was rushed to a hospital.
The deceased was identified as sub inspector Sahib Shukla and the injured as constable-driver Nissar Ahmed, officials said.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.