Srinagar: One SSB jawan killed, eight others injured in Zakura attack

The militants fled after firing at the convoy and security personnel have mounted a search operation
militants, Jammu and Kashmir

Militants attacked a paramilitary force a convoy of three SSB vehicles on the outskirts of Srinagar city, killing at least a Sashastra Seema Bal jawan and injuring eight others.

The militants fled after firing at the convoy and security personnel have mounted a search operation.

According to media reports, the incident took place at Zakura when militants fired at the vehicles of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) carrying its personnel to their camp after performing law and order duties in the city, officials said in Srinagar.

Banned Al-Umar Mujahideen terrorist organisation claimed the responsibility for carrying out the attack and also warned of similar actions in near future.

This outfit had become dormant in the early part of 1990s and ceased to exist after its chief, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar alias ‘Mushtaq Latram’, was arrested in 1992.

Zargar was one of the three prisoners exchanged for passengers of IC-814 plane that was hijacked by Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group in 1999.

Besides Zargar, the other two released were Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar and Sheikh Omar.

The claim by the outfit signalled revival of the militant group in Kashmir after more than two decades.

In Saturday’s attack, one jawan of the SSB was killed and eight others were injured, the official said.┬áThe eight injured, including a policeman, have been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and launched search operations to track down the militants.

This is the first militant attack in the city since the encounter at Nowhatta on 15 August in which a CRPF commandant was killed and nine other personnel were injured.

Police officers said they had inputs that militants might try to target police or the CRPF in the city, reported The Indian Express. On Wednesday, the IG Police had said personnel were on high alert.