Anantnag attack: Major killed, car bomb hits Army vehicle 8 injured

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Wahid Bhat|SRINAGAR

Suspected militants on Monday evening attacked an Army vehicle in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district with an improvised explosive device (IED), fitted in a car, while it was moving through Arial village of restive Pulwama.

At least six army personnel and two civilians were injured in the attack.

Reports say the armoured vehicle got damaged in the attack. Soon after, heavy firing started. Police is collecting the wreckage of the vehicle used in the attack.

Srinagar based Defence spokesperson said the attack a “failed attempt” by terrorists. The troops are safe, barring a few minor injuries, it said, adding, “The area has been cordoned and search operations are in progress”.

The attack comes days after Pakistan informed Indian High Commission in Islamabad about a possible attack in Pulwama. The information was also shared with the US as well.

The injured, among whom there is another Major, have been taken to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, officials said.

Attack comes within 48 hours of Pakistan’s information to India and USA about a possible attack on the security forces in Kashmir, like the February 14 Pulwama strike in which over 40 CRPF soldiers were killed.

The site of the blast is 27 kilometers from the site where the CRPF convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber in February. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit had claimed the responsibility of the attack.

The blast targetting the Army on Monday was similar to the deadly Pulwama attack. However, the damage was reduced as the vehicle was partially-armoured, the police said.

Earlier it was one of the most heart-rending pictures of recent times on Internet. The Jammu and Kashmir Police shared two pictures showing SSP Srinagar Dr M Haseeb Mughal carrying the young son of his deceased colleague SHO Anantnag, Arshad Khan, in his lap during his wreath-laying ceremony in District Police Lines in Srinagar on Monday.

Arshad Khan succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS in New Delhi on Sunday after he was wounded in an encounter in J&K’s Anantnag district. He was injured in Anantnag terror attack on June 12.

“A Very Powerful Image,” one of the Twitter users commented on the heartbreaking photos shared by the J&K police, while another remarked, “Heart-wrenching pics Rest in peace. @JmuKmrPolice brave heart soldiers.”

The son of Martyr #ArshadKhan in the lap of SSP Srinagar Dr.M.Haseeb Mughal JKPS during the wreath laying ceremony at District Police Lines Srinagar. J&K Police (@JmuKmrPolice) June 17, 2019

Forty-year-old Khan was taken to Delhi after his condition deteriorated but doctors could not save his life. Five CRPF personnel were killed and three others were injured when their patrol party was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Terrorists carried out a stand-off firing attack at KP Road in Anantnag about 4:50 pm on Wednesday.

Among those killed were are ASI Ramesh Kumar (Jhajjar, Haryana), ASI Nirod Sarma (Nalbari, Assam), CT Satendra Kumar (Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh), CT Mahesh Kumar Kushwaha (Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh) and CT Sandeep Yadav (Dewas, Madhya Pradesh).