Militants strike with more terror as respond to Centre’s unilateral ceasefire

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The Central government’s unilateral suspension of all offensive operations against terrorists in Kashmir, terror outfits attacked security forces with two gunbattles, blasted a bomb and snatched a service rifle of a constable across the Valley on Wednesday.

A joint team of army’s 23 PARA Commandos, SOG and CRPF launched a search operation at Jamnagri area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. As the forces were zeroing in on a specified target, terrorists hiding in the area opened fire which was retaliated by the forces, triggering off a gunfight, sources said.

However, sympathizers rushed to help the terrorists escape from the hide-out, by throwing stones on the security forces who were engaged in the encounter. Four persons were reportedly injured in the clashes. Sources said the terrorists managed to escape from the spot.

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Before the announcement of the unilateral ceasefire, a brief exchange of firing took place between security forces and terrorists in Tral forests, a police official said. Two civilians were injured in a bomb blast near Pincho Mandi in Chatabal area of Srinagar old city on Srinagar highway to Baramulla.

In another incident, two pistol-borne terrorists entered Kashmir University at Hazratbal from Rumi Gate, overpowered the constable on guard duty and snatched his service rifle.