Militants attack policemen in Kashmir, three injured

Jammu(PTI): Militants on Friday attacked a police party in Budgam district of Kashmir, injuring three persons, including an assistant sub-inspector, and triggering a gun battle.

Army jawans take position during an encounter with militants at Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

The incident occurred in the main market in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam at 3.15 p.m., a police officer said.

Two locals and ASI Abdul Rashid were injured in the attack and they were taken to hospital, he said.

The area was immediately cordoned off by security forces, including the Army, the officer said.

Intermittent firing between the militants and the security personnel was on when last reports came in, the officer said, adding that more reinforcements were rushed to the spot and efforts were on to neutralise the militants.

No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the incident

Kashmir Valley has seen a spurt in militant attacks in the past few months. The latest was the attack on CRPF convoy last week, the deadliest strike on security forces in recent years, in which eight CRPF men were killed and 21 critically injured.

The government told the Legislative Assembly on Thursday that militants were striking on soft targets because of continuing pressure from security forces.

“Due to continuing pressure of the security forces and police, militants are now indulging in attacks on soft targets and at crowded places for revival of the waning militancy in the State,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said in the Assembly.