SRINAGAR: Two civilians were injured, one of them critically, after terrorists fired upon security forces in Lalpora area of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday evening, which triggered an encounter in the area, officials said.
The holed-up terrorists opened fired upon a joint team of J&K Police, Army and CRPF soon after the forces carried out a cordon-and-search operation in Lalpora. The two civilians were caught in the crossfire, resulting in injuries to them. The injured have been identified as Abid Nabi and Kifayat Ahmad, both residents of Pampore.
Police said contact has been established with the terrorists and the operation was on till the time of filing of this report.
Kashmir zone police on its official Twitter handle said: “During CASO at #Lalpora #Pampore, #Militants fired indiscriminately in which two unknown persons got injured. Search in the area is going on.”
Meanwhile, in two separate crimes, a shopkeeper was gunned down and a cab driver shot at by terrorists in Pulwama district on Thursday evening, officials said. The first crime took place in Tral and the slain shopkeeper has been identified as Muhammad Ayoub Ahanger.
In the second crime, cab driver Muhammad Aslam Wani was fired upon by terrorists in Wanpora area. Wani sustained bullet injuries in the attack.