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Terror attack in Srinagar ahead of PM's visit, 8 jawans killed

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Srinagar: Eight army personnel were killed and some others injured on Monday when militants opened fire on an Army convoy on the outskirts of the city ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Jammu and Kashmir, in the second major terror attack in three days.

Militants ambushed the convoy at Hyderpora bypass on the Airport-Lal Chowk road, outside a private hospital this evening.

The convoy was fired at from both sides of the road near Classic Hospital this evening, police said, adding that the militants fired over a dozen rounds.

Militants fled from the spot in a tinted car. A motorcycle, possibly used by the ultras, has been recovered.

Army troops immediately cordoned off the area and a massive hunt has been launched to nab the militants involved in the attack, police said.

The attack comes two days after Hizbul Mujahideen militants gunned down two policemen in the heart of Srinagar city.

The brazen attack came even as security has been beefed up across the Valley in view of Prime Minister's two-day visit.

PMO sources in Delhi said that there was no change in Singh's programme.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach here Tuesday along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on a two-day visit, during which he is expected to announce a package for border districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh and Gandhi will also launch train service on a railway section between Qazigund in Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region that will provide an all-weather link to the Valley.

Official sources said firing was also reported from the nearby Barzulla area.

Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack on Army convoy.

A person Baliguddin, identifying himself as spokesperson of the outfit, called up a local news agency and said that Hizbul Mujahideen has formed several squads and similar attacks will be carried out in the city in the future as well.

PTI

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