This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Sources have confirmed that four paramilitary troopers were attacked by suspected militants on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Friday evening. The officers sustained serious injuries after militants fired at a party of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) that was withdrawing after the day’s law and order duties in Zakura on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. The militants are believed to have succeeded in fleeing the incident.
The incident took place just outside the highly sensitive Zakura industrial area, i.e. 12 km north of the city centre of Lal Chowk. The business hub is home to many offices and factories of small and medium businesses in Kashmir. The SSB is camped in the industrial estate in Zakura therefore additional security forces were immediately dispatched to the spot. According to a police officer, the “firing has stopped in the area and it has been cordoned off,” adding that it was the second attack on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in less than a week. Earlier this week, two militants were killed after a three-day-long gun fight with security forces in Pampore area on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The number of terror attacks and outbreaks of violence have spurred in Jammu and Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, on July 8. The death of Mr Wani has ignited an unprecedented series of protests in the Kashmir Valley that has so far cost over 90 people lives and resulted in injuries to thousands in clashes between protesters and security forces.