In an unfortunate incident, two Jammu and Kashmir policemen were killed and another got injured in indiscriminate firing by terrorists. The incident took place a day before the Independence Day in the Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar city.
The police said the terrorists belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed and have been identified. They added that the terrorists will be neutralised soon.
Two policemen died in hospital
Terrorists fired indiscriminately on a police party near Nowgam bypass Friday morning, a police official said. As a result, three policemen were injured in the attack.
The policemen were immediately shifted to a hospital where two of them succumbed to the injuries. The third policeman is undergoing treatment, the official said.
Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the attack
Inspector general of police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said the Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the attack.
“They fired indiscriminately and two of our jawans were martyred. We have identified them. They belong to JeM group. We will neutralise them soon,” Kumar told reporters near the site of the attack.
Input on terrorist attack
Asked whether there were any inputs about a possible terrorist attack on the eve of the Independence Day, the IGP said the police get such inputs every year.
“We have such inputs every year before August 15 and January 26. We had inputs that they will try (an attack) in some area. The boys were alert and prepared, but they (the militants) came from the rear side and fired on them.
“We have cordoned off the area and the searches are on. This is a narrow lane and there was civilian movement. If our boys would have retaliated, there would have been civilian casualties. So, they exercised restraint,” Kumar said.
PDP condemned the attack
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party condemned the attack. It said it will further aggravate the situation for Kashmiris.
“Vehemently condemn the attack on @JmuKmrPolice personnel. Such attacks further aggravate the situation for Kashmiris already reeling under double disaster post-August 5. We join the families of deceased in mourning their loss,” the party tweeted.
Vehemently condemn the attack on @JmuKmrPolice personnel.
Such attacks further aggravate the situation for Kashmiri's already reeling under double disaster post August 5.
We join the families of deceased in mourning their loss.
— J&K PDP (@jkpdp) August 14, 2020
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