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2 soldiers killed in militant attack on Army QRT in Parimpora

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Police rushes to the spot where two soldiers were killed by the militants. Photo-Javed Khan/Kashmir Images

Srinagar: Two soldiers were killed in a militant attack on an Army Quick Reaction Team (QRT) at Parimpora in the outskirts of the city on Thursday, police said.

They said the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) came under indiscriminate firing by two-three militants, who were travelling in a van, this afternoon at a crowded area in Khushipora of Parimpora.

Police said the two soldiers were critically injured in the attack and were rushed to a military facility in the nearby Shariefabad camp where they succumbed.

A defence spokesperson added, “They (the injured soldiers) were evacuated to the nearest medical facility. However, they have succumbed to their injuries.”

The slain soldiers were identified as Rattan Singh and Yash Deshmukh of Sharifabad unit of the Army’s Kilo Force.

Immediately after the attack, security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the assailants, he said.

“Being a crowded area, our troops exercised restraint to avoid any civilian casualty and collateral damage,” the spokesman said.

Analysing CCTV footage to identify attackers: IGP

Three militants travelling in a car carried out the attack on a quick reaction team (QRT) at Parimpora in the outskirts of the city here on Thursday, in which two Army soldiers were killed, and the security forces are analysing the CCTV footage of the incident to identify the attackers, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said.

“Three militants travelling in a car fired indiscriminately at the armymen, leaving two of them seriously wounded. Both the injured soldiers have succumbed,” Kumar told reporters near the site of the incident.

The IGP Kashmir said security forces are now chasing the vehicle which was used in the attack.

It seems the attack was carried out either by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit, he said.

“There is movement of LeT and Jaish here and we will identify the group behind the attack by evening. Among the three, two could be FTs (foreign terrorists) from Pakistan and one local. We are analysing the CCTV footage,” he said.

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