Militant attacks in South Kashmir districts, policeman killed

A collage of pictures shows the attack-site after the policemen were injured. Kashmir Dispatch.

A policeman was killed and another injured in twin militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s two southern districts on Saturday.

Two policemen received bullet wounds when a group of militants attacked them near Rajpora village in the volatile Pulwom district, which has seen a surge in the anti-India militant presence since 2010.

The late afternoon attack in Pulwom came after militants in neighbouring Shupian district hurled a hand-grenade at the police’s counter insurgency force camp. “Militants lobbed a grenade at the special operation group’s camp in Imam Sahib locality, but the grenade caused no damage,” a police officer in the district told Kashmir Dispatch, adding: “a manhunt to track the attackers fetched no results”.

In Pulwom, a police officer told Kashmir Dispatch, that a group of militants opened indiscriminate fire at the standing policemen leading to injuries to two of his colleagues.

“Constable Abdul Salam and Muneer Ahmad sustained bullet wounds,” the officer said.

Both the injured were rushed to a district hospital for treatment. “However Salam’s condition deteriorated and he was shifted to Army’s-92 Base Hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries,” the officer added.

“Soon after the attack, government forces launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants. But the militants managed to escape,” the officer said.

Slain Jammu and Kashmir policeman Abdul Salam.