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Srinagar: Two soldiers were martyred in a terrorist attack on an army Quick Reaction Team (QRT) at Parimpora in the outskirts of the city on Thursday, police said.They said the Quick Reaction Team came under indiscriminate firing by two-three ultras, who were travelling in a van, this afternoon at a crowded area in Khushipora of Parimpora.Police said the two soldiers were critically injured in the attack and were rushed to a military facility in the nearby Shariefabad camp where they succumbed.A defence spokesperson added, “They (the injured soldiers) were evacuated to the nearest medical facility. However, they have succumbed to their injuries.The security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the assailants, he said.“Being a crowded area, our troops exercised restraint to avoid any civilian casualty and collateral damage,” the spokesman said.Preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists travelling in a Maruti car taking undue advantage of crowded place fired indiscriminately at army party resulting in injuries to two army jawans. They were identified as Sepoy Ratan of 163 Battalion Territorial Army and Sepoy Deshmukh of 101 Battalion Territorial Army.“We pay our rich tributes to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and stand by their families at this crucial juncture”, the spokesperson said, adding that the police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime.Meanwhile, the police are analysing the CCTV footage of the incident to identify the attackers, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said.“Three terrorists travelling in a car fired indiscriminately at the army men, leaving two of them seriously wounded. Both the injured soldiers have succumbed, Kumar told reporters near the site of the incident. The IGP Kashmir said security forces are now chasing the vehicle which was used in the attack.It seems the attack was carried out either by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit, he said. There is movement of LeT and Jaish here and we will identify the group behind the attack by evening. Among the three, two could be FTs (foreign terrorists) from Pakistan and one local. We are analysing the CCTV footage, he said.
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