SRINAGAR – At least 13 Indian security officials including a lieutenant colonel and one assistant sub inspector of police were killed in a militant attack on Indian army camp at Mohra.
The encounter started in the Mohura area of Uri at around 3 am on Friday morning when six militants tried to get inside an Army fortification in the area.
A senior Army officer and two personal killed in the gun battle. Two senior police officers who were present to supervise the operation have also been killed in the encounter.
Just hours after militants stormed an army camp in Uri killing 13 security men, gunmen fired on a search party in Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar and a grenade was hurled at a police station in Shopian.
Police sources said the troops, after receiving inputs on militant presence in Srinagar, apparently to disturb upcoming poll rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, rushed to Srinagar’s Untabhavan area, 8 km away from Lal Chowk.
Preliminary reports suggest the militants were travelling in a car before they entered a house in the Untabhavan area.
Militants, three of whom were gunned down, carried out the attack on the army camp at Mohra in Uri Tehsil at around 3am and engaged the security forces in a fierce gun battle, police officials said.
“Terrorists opened small arms fire and lobbed grenades on the army camp at Mohura at 3am. Army response teams immediately mobilized and surrounded the area. Firefight continued till 9.30 in the morning and all terrorists were neutralized,” an army official at the encounter site said.
None of Kashmiri freedom fighter groups have yet accepted yet the responsibility of this attack.
he camp is located along the Line of Control separating the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Kashmir.
The Hindu nationalist party has not historically experienced much political support in the Kashmir Valley where resentment against Indian rule runs high.
Since the start of the five-stage local elections on November 25, there has been a surge in militant violence.
Two days after the first round of balloting on November 27, 10 people were killed when militants struck at another army camp near the disputed border with Pakistan.
Voter participation in the first election phase topped 70 percent despite a call to boycott the polling by Muslim separatist leaders in the state.
Election results are due December 23.
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