SRINAGAR : Two civilians and a policeman were killed in a militant attack in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Saturday, while one militant was killed in retaliatory action, police said.
One of the militants was killed, while another was injured in retaliatory firing by police, director general of police S P Vaid said.
The militants, travelling in a car, opened fire on a police team which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident, the DGP said.
He said the police also retaliated and even managed to snatch a pistol from one of the militants.
“Four bodies were found at the spot. Two of the deceased are civilians and one policeman has been martyred,” Vaid said.
He said the fourth deceased was a militant who was carrying a grenade and some ammunition. “While one militant managed to escape, we are following the blood trail of another militant who was injured in the police action,” the DGP said.
Earlier in the day, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asserted that if anybody can solve the Kashmir issue, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the whole country would support his decision.
“If anybody can solve the Kashmir issue it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Mehbooba said while addressing a gathering of people after inaugurating a flyover in Jammu, the winter capital of the State. She said only Modi can help the people of Jammu and Kashmir in these troubled times. “He (PM) has got a strong mandate and whatever decision he takes, people of the country will support it.”
“PM Modi took the decision and visited Pakistan and met his counterpart. It is a sign of strength and courage and not a sign of weakness,” she said.
Indirectly referring to former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Mehbooba said the former PM also wished to visit Pakistan but did not dare to do so.Mehbooba said situation in Kashmir is not good.