Two militant strikes in J&K, three cops killed

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 A jawan takes evasive action during an encounter.

Militants on 23 May struck on two occasions, killing three cops and escaping with a service rifle of a slain cop, in Jammu and Kashmir.

Militants shot dead two policemen from close range at Mill Stop in Zadibal area of Srinagar, which links Srinagar to the Hazratbal Shrine, Kashmir University, National Institute of Technology and Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura, said the police.

Assistant Police Inspector Nazeer Ahmed and constable Bashir Ahmed, who were posted in Zadibal Police Station, were killed in the attack. They were rushed to a hospital but were declared dead.

This is the first militant attack in heart of Srinagar after Mehbooba Mufti took over as the chief minister.
In the second strike, constable Mohammad Sadiq, who was posted as personal security guard to J&K Pasmanda Tabqajaat (downtrodden classes) chairperson Mohammad Abdullah Chatwal was shot at, at Tengpora on Parimpora-Hyderpora Bypass road.

The militants also snatched cop’s service rifle before making good their escape. The cop later succumbed to injuries.

This is first such major strike in Srinagar ahead of the State Legislative Assembly session, which will start on May 25. The last attack took place on 22 June, 2013 when two cops were shot dead on Hari Singh High Street.

Meanwhile, according to News 18, the two militant strikes are the handiwork of Hizbul Mujahideen.