Four policemen killed by JeM militants in Shopian
Srinagar: Four policemen were killed Tuesday when Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.
The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri pandit families.
A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.
Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Majid, Manzoor Ahmed and Mohammed Amin.
The injured policeman identified as Constable Abdul Majid of Shallabugh Ganderbal was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
At the time of the incident, only one family was present there.
Immediately after the shootout, the militants fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals.
The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned militant organisation, was behind the act.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of lives of policemen who were killed on Tuesday in a militant attack on a police post at Zainapora in Shopian.
In a message Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families.
Congress, NC condemn attack
The Congress and the NC condemned the militant attack on the police post.
“I strongly condemn the attack on the police post in Shopian and condole the deaths of three police personnel in the line of duty,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah said.
“I pray for their souls & for the speedy recovery of those injured in this attack,” added the National Conference (NC) leader.
The Congress too expressed shock over the attack.
“The killings or violence has neither served any purpose nor will benefit anyone, rather such type of dastardly acts will have serious implications on the society, besides vitiating the peace,” a spokesman of the Pradesh Congress Committee said in a statement.
“The loss of lives is highly painful,” the leader added.
Three policemen were killed when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian.
The attack took place in the afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri pandit families.
JeM claims responsibility
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has said its men carried out a fierce attack on government forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday, and snatched four rifles from them.
A JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan in a statement issued to a local news gathering agency (GNS) said that three policemen were killed on the spot while several others were critically injured.
The spokesman also claimed to have snatched four service rifles of the cops.