Ahead of Modi’s visit, militants attack army convoy in Srinagar

Hizb claims responsibility, says attack carried in protest against PM’s visit


Srinagar: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir, militants on Saturday attacked an Army convoy in the summer capital Srinagar and fled from the spot.

The defence spokesman informed that three army men have sustained injuries in the attack.

The convoy, which was coming from Baramulla to Srinagar, came under attack near the Jehlum Valley Institute of Medical Sciences in Bemina area of the city.

“Three soldiers were injured in the attack. They are undergoing treatment at the army base hospital, “said Rajesh Kalia, Defence Spokesman.

It’s pertinent to mention that militants showed their presence in the city after 10 months when they gunned down three policemen in Zadibal and Tengpora areas in May 2016.

Hizbul Muhahideen (HM) claimed responsibility of the attack and said that it was carried out in protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Our militants carried out the attack against Modi’s visit, “said Burhan ud din, operational spokesman of HM in a statement.

HM, in their statement, claimed that in the attack they killed six army men and injured several others. However, the army said that only three were injured.

The police also believes that a lone militant was responsible for the attack. After the incident, forces laid a cordon in the area however, no one was arrested.

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