The authorities were planning to impose curfew at midnight in Srinagar as the death of a civilian after the militant attack led to protest demonstrations and clashes in Srinagar.

The death of a civilian in a controversial firing at Sayeedpora Iddgah later on Wednesday led to protest demonstrations and clashes as the residents alleged that Altaf Ahmad Wani was shot dead by “angry CRPF men” without provocation. However, an official press release said the CRPF men were on way to SKIMS hospital to donate blood to their injured colleagues when a crowd attacked them with stones.

Officials admitted that Mr. Wani sustained injuries in the shooting and later died at SKIMS but they maintained that the firing was the result of an attack by a group of people.

However, informed sources in the state government told The Hindu that a police inquiry had found the firing was “unprovoked and unwarranted.”

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah rushed from Jammu to Srinagar along with Director General of Police Ashok Prasad and other senior officials to review the law and order situation.

"Terrorists appear to be from Pakistan"

New Delhi Special Correspondent reports:

The Centre said that the terrorists who stormed the CRPF camp appeared to be from Pakistan and that security forces were on the lookout for two other militants who, according to intelligence reports, had entered the Valley to carry out more attacks.

"Prima facie, the terrorists don’t appear to be locals but from across the border... First impressions are that they were from Pakistan," Union Home Secretary told reporters here.

The intelligence agencies had alerted the security forces that four militants had entered the Kashmir Valley, Mr. Singh said. "We were alert. Two terrorists have been killed... There might be two more who are out," he said. A fresh alert has been sounded in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government was looking into the possibility of Pakistan-based elements being behind the attack. "We are still inquiring...We are analysing how the attack took place," he told journalists. The killing of CRPF jawans was a "sad incident," Mr. Shinde said. It was difficult to predict when terror would strike.