SRINAGAR: Two policemen were killed in twin militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
A police spokesman said a group of youth pelted stones on police and paramilitary CRPF bunkers at SBI and main Chowk Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district during the night when people across the Valley were offering night long prayers.
“While the security men were dealing with stone pelters near Chota Bazar Sopore, militants among the stone pelters hurled a grenade and fired towards the security men, causing on spot death of police constable and injuries to four policemen,” he said.
He said the injured police personnel were shifted to local hospital and army hospital Srinagar. “The doctors attending to them have termed their condition as stable”.
The spokesman identified the deceased policeman as Mohammad Syed Khan and said the security men exhibited utmost restraint and did not retaliate as there was every apprehension of civilian casualties. A police official termed the militant attack as pre-planned.
Earlier, militants fired from point blank range towards a policeman performing traffic regulation duty at Guriwan Chowk, Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday evening.
The policeman identified as Altaf Ahmad sustained multiple bullet injuries in chest and abdomen. He was shifted to hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
The deceased policeman, who hailed from downtown Srinagar, is survived by two sisters, aged parents with father being bedridden and two brothers with one of them being differently abled.
No militant group has owned responsibility of the twin attack. However, police official suspect that attacks are the handiwork of Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.