Indian policemen rush to take position near the site of a gunfight in Srinagar, capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 15, 2016. At least seven Indian security forces personnel were injured in an attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir's capital Srinagar, a police official said on Monday. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
NEW DELHI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least seven Indian security forces personnel have been injured in an attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir's capital Srinagar, a police official said on Monday.
"The incident took place in Srinagar's Nowhatta area when personnel of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force were combing the area, following a tip-off that some terrorists were hiding in the area," the official said on condition of anonymity.
"Seeing the area cordonned of by the security forces, the terrorists opened fire at the forces, which also retaliated. In the ensuing gunbattle, seven paramilitary personnel sustained bullet injuries," he added.
The injured have been rushed to a hospital and reinforcements sent in to neutralize the terrorists, the official said.
The clashes came despite a curfew being imposed in Srinagar to prevent violence on India's 70th Independence Day, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the nation from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort in Delhi.
In a separate incident on Monday, the Indian security forces foiled an attempt by militants to infiltrate into Uri, about 70 km from Srinagar. Two gunmen were killed.