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DPS military operation: Armed forces using mortar shells to target  suspected militants

An aerial view of DPS Pantha Chowk Srinagar.

Srinagar:

The Indian armed forces are using heavy mortar shelling to target suspected militants believed to inside a building in Pantha Chow area of summer capital of Jammu Kashmir.

On Saturday evening around 6:30, suspected militants attacked a para-military CRPF patrol party in Pantha Chowk killing one of its officers and injuring two others including a civilian. The militants fled from the spot unhurt followed by a massive search operation by the armed forces.

The incident happened near Delhi Public School campus.

Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit claimed responsibility of the attack.

Srinagar district administration authorities immediately imposed section 144 in the area to avoid civilian casualties as forces launched combing operation inside the sprawling school campus.

The watch and ward staff of the school was evacuated and room to room searches held. However, a CRPF spokesperson said that contact with the suspected militants was established late last night which resulted around 3:30 this morning.

The area has been cordoned off and traffic on Sonwar-Pantha Chowk has been diverted to other routes.

Muslims in Kashmir will mostly probably celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday marking end of month long fasting. Markets are witnessing rush as the faithful are shopping essentials for the festival.

A police official said that mortar shelling was used to target militants who are inside the School buildings.

Spokespersons of Indian Army in Srinagar and J&K Police did not respond to calls from this news website.

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