Six security personnel were injured after terrorists threw a grenade at a CRPF team in Srinagar’s Karan Nagar area on Saturday. According to reports, the attack occurred while they were inspecting vehicles at a check post. CRPF personnel fired in the air in retaliation.
The attack comes two months after the government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and split it into two union territories. The two regions – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh – will come into existence on October 31, and security personnel are bracing for heightened terror activity during the transitionary period.
A report released by the Home Ministry claimed that Pakistan-based terrorist groups made 328 attempts to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, 143 of which were successful. It also said that 257 terrorists and 91 security personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the highest number of casualties in the state over the last five years.
“Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by terrorist and secessionist violence, sponsored and supported from across the border for more than two and a half decades. Since the advent of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir (in 1990), 14,024 civilians and 5,273 security forces personnel have lost their lives – up to March 31, 2019,” it stated.
Meanwhile, shootouts between the terrorists and security personnel continue. Three terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on October 15. The incident occurred during a cordon-and-search operation launched by the police. Further information is awaited.