Explosions, firing in Pantha Chowk area

SRINAGAR: Minutes before the Muazin called for Sunday Fajr prayers, massive blasts erupted near Pantha Chowk. The explosions are reported to be indicative of the counter-insurgency forces barging into the building where the two militants took refuge reportedly after attacking CRPF Saturday evening. A CRPF sub inspector Sahib Shukla was killed and a driver Nissar Ahmad was injured.

Reports from the area suggest massive firing around the premises of the Delhi Public School. It was not, however, immediately known if the militants were holed up into the vast DPS premises. Evidence suggest that the two militants wearing police uniforms had taken refuge in the school premises. Incidentally after the attack on CRPF various people also had taken refuge into the school compound and later fled from its rare exist towards the hill side.

Militants, believed to be two in number, had appeared somewhere near the ATM and attacked on the CRPF killing one of them and leaving another injured Saturday evening. The attack triggered a serious crisis on the highway forcing its closure. The people on way to south of Kashmir were later diverted through the Lasjan bypass.

Police and the DPS sources had suggested the militant duo had taken refuge into the DPS later. Police said they had met witnesses who saw them getting in. The DPS was immediately cordoned off. After night long siege, now the noise of blasting and firing is dominating the belt.

A senior police officer, however, told Kashmir Life they have not “yet” entered the DPS.

Later last evening NC leader Omar Abdullah tweeted: “2 militants May be holed up in a school in Srinagar. Why does the whole valley have to have mobile data speed reduced like this?”

Minutes after the CRPF man was killed, LeT had owned the attack.

Last evening when the city police chief was talking to reporters, a cop’s gun accidentally fired. The cop and a CRPF man were injured in the incident. They were evacuated to the hospital for minor injuries.

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