In a second major terrorist attack on Indian Army following September 18 Uri attack, militants attacked an army convoy at Kadlabal in Pampore town of Pulwama district on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Reports suggest terrorists on motorcycles opened fire at vehicles carrying soldiers of the Indian Army on the highway.
Security forces have cordoned off the adjoining residential area and launched search operation to track down the terrorists.
“Terrorists attacked on which the security forces retaliated. Public was present so couldn’t fire openly, but terrorists were forced to run away,” CRPF Inspector-General was quoted as saying by ANI.
Last month, terrorists dressed in J&K Police fatigue, stormed the XVI Corps headquarters, and started firing indiscriminately apart from lobbing grenades. As a result of gun fight between terrorists and armymen, as many as seven soldiers, including two army officers were martyred.
Security agencies are worried of this increasing trend of attacking military installations despite them maintaining strict border vigil in the wake of the surgical strikes.
Intelligence agencies believe there were 200-300 terrorists close to the launching pads near the IB/LoC at any given time since the surgical strikes, waiting for an opportunity to cross over.