14 Cop killed, 11 others injured in second Pakistani militant attack in Srinagar in two days
Cop killed, 11 others injured in second militant attack in Srinagar in two days
By Fayaz Wani | Express News Service | Published: 02nd April 2017 07:24 PM |
Last Updated: 02nd April 2017 09:36 PM | A+A A- |
SRINAGAR: In the second attack on security forces in Srinagar in two days, militants on Sunday evening attacked a patrol party of police and paramilitary CRPF men at Nowhatta area in downtown Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, killing a policeman and injuring 11 others.
The militant outfit, Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack.
CRPF spokesman in Srinagar said militants lobbed a grenade towards security deployment near police station Nowhatta in downtown Srinagar this evening when the police and CRPF deployment was being withdrawn from the area.
The authorities had deployed large numbers of police and paramilitary personnel in sensitive areas of the Valley including downtown Srinagar today to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests in view of the shutdown called by separatists against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State. PM inaugurated country’s longest road tunnel at Srinagar-Jammu national highway today.
The grenade hurled by militants exploded with a big bang, causing injuries to at least 12 police and CRPF men.
The injured security men were immediately removed to different hospitals.
One of the critically injured policemen identified as Shamas-ud-Din of Gurez, Bandipora succumbed to injuries in the hospital.
CRPF spokesman said three of its personnel were injured in the blast while others were policemen.
He said the injured CRPF men have been shifted to army hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment.
Immediately after the attack, police and paramilitary personnel laid siege around the area to conduct combing and search operation. However, no arrests were reported during the operation.
Militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A spokesman of the group told local news gathering agencies in Srinagar that militants of the outfit carried out the grenade attack.
He said militants of special squad lobbed the grenade on police and CRPF deployment inflicting casualties on them.
Today’s grenade attack was the second militant attack in Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, in two days.
Earlier, a group of militants had attacked an army convoy near a hospital at Bemina, 5 kms from city centre, on Saturday.
The militants had indiscriminately fired on the army vehicle, part of the convoy, injuring three soldiers.
The surge in militant attacks in Srinagar comes ahead of bypolls for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat. The bypolls for the seat will be held on April 9 and opposition National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah is facing direct contest with ruling PDP’s Nazir Khan from the seat.