Militants attack Army patrol in Shopian

Suspected militants on Sunday attacked an army patrol party near Malikgund village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Local sources said that the incident took place around 11:00 am near Malikgund bus stop on Shopian Zainapora Road, seven kilometers from district headquarters.

The gun shots created panic in the area since majority of people were working in their orchards. Local residents told that army personnel were conducting vehicle searches and checking identity cards since morning in the area. They said that they heard around a dozen gun shots in the area.

They said that most of the people left their work and were seen running to ensure they reach safe places.
A senior police official in Shopian that an army patrolling party was conducting area domination duties when militants fired up on them.

“There was no loss of life in the incident,” the official said.
Police sources said that soon after the attack a massive man hunt was launched in the area to track the militants.
They said that searches were conducted in adjoining areas where the incident took place however nothing was found.
Minor clashes were also erupted when rumors about trapping of militant spread in the area.
Residents said that some youth hit the streets and hurled rocks on the forces however normalcy was restored after some time.