Militants attacked a paramilitary CRPF convoy along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway near Semthan village, Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday morning. A CRPF officer said that militants in army fatigues fired indiscriminately, with automatic weapons, towards a CRPF vehicle in the convoy. “The fire was returned by the CRPF men and in the brief gunfight, seven CRPF men and a civilian were injured. They were hospitalised,” he told Express. After the attack, security forces launched a search operation for the militant and closed down the highway for about an hour. The Pro-Pakistan militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack while Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Mahmood Shah appreciated the outfit’s Kashmir chief Abu Musa for the attack on the CRPF convoy.