Militants target Wullar project

Suspected militants blew up a portion of the ongoing conservation project at Wullar lake, Asia’s largest fresh water body, on Monday night to scare away engineers and workers from the spot.

Sources told Deccan Herald that about six to eight armed militants appeared in Ningli village –just five kilometers away from the terrorists-infested Sopore town-- on Monday night and threatened engineers and workers to abandon the project work immediately.

“They blew up a portion of the work site with IED explosives to terrorise engineers and workers. They spent a few hours in the area before [escaping],” sources said.

Local residents said that engineers and workers left the area and work remained suspended since Tuesday.

Reports said the Army, the Navy and the police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants.  “The unit of the Indian Navy stationed at Watlab in Wullar lake is assisting security forces in the operation in the Wullar lake,” sources said.

A police spokesperson said cognizance of the incident has been taken. He said they are probing it from all angles and assured security and safety to the workers and engineers.

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