Freedom fighters ambush Indian army convoy , 2 soldiers killed, 4 hurt


SRINAGAR, June 3 (TNS): At least two Indian soldiers were killed and four others sustained injuries as freedom fighters on Saturday ambushed Indian army convoy amid visit of Indian army Chief General Bipin Rawat in occupied Kashmir.

The attack carried out in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian media quoting officials reported.

An Indian police official told “Indian Express” a group of freedom fighters opened fire on a convoy of Indian army vehicles at Jammu-Srinagar National highway near Lower Munda toll in Hillar, Qazigund area of Kulgam district this afternoon.

“The militants fired indiscriminately on an army vehicle, which was part of the convoy,” he said.

The police official said army men also returned the fire.

“Six soldiers were injured in the militant attack,” he said adding freedom fighters managed to escape after carrying out the attack.

The injured soldiers, he said, were evacuated to army hospital in Srinagar, where two succumbed to injuries.

Four others are undergoing treatment in the hospital and doctors have termed condition of one of them as critical.

After the militant attack vehicular traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended. However, the traffic was restored after army called off the combing operation.

The local group Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hizb operational spokesman, Burhan-ud-din, said freedom fighters of the group carried out successful attack on army convoy.

He claimed that four soldiers were killed and seven others injured in the attack.

He quoted operational commander Mehmood Ghaznavi as saying that the outfit has decided to reward the militants involved in the attack.

Such attacks would continue in future also, he warned.

Meanwhile, Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat today visited LoC formations and army units in North Kashmir to review operational preparedness of troops.

Early, Pakistan Army killed five Indian soldiers and destroyed several bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tatta Pani.

“Indian unprovoked CFV at Tatta Pani along LoC, violently responded. Indian bunkers destroyed, 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured,” ISPR chief Maj-Gen Asif ghafoor twitted.