(This was originally posted in Times Of India)
A group of terrorists on Friday managed to escape after a brief encounter with the security forces in SKIMS hospital in the Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident took place near SKIMS hospital in Bemina area of the city on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. “There was a brief firefight between terrorists and security forces at SKIMS Hospital, Bemina. Terrorists managed to escape taking advantage of civilian presence,” Srinagar police said on Twitter.
The police has cordoned off the area and launched a massive search operation. The attack comes amid a recent spurt in several incidents of killings of civilians by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir which have sparked fear in the valley.Last month, Union home minister Amit Shah visited Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the security situation in the valley. He also visited forward areas at the Makwal border in Jammu and Kashmir with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and interacted with jawans and local residents. He also met with the delegations of Kashmiri Pandits, Gujjar-Bakarwal community, Pahadi community and Jammu and Kashmir Chamber of Commerce in Jammu.
Shah met families of soldiers and civilians killed this month.