SRINAGAR: Station House Officer (SHO) was killed and six people, including three police personnel, were injured in a militant strike outside Chadura police station on Monday.
Police sources said that at least three militants appeared in Chadura market Monday afternoon and fired upon a police party, headed by Station House Officer Shabir Ahmed. SHO was seriously injured in the attack. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, a police official said.
Eyewitnesses said that militants were at least three in number. One of the militant carrying automatic rifle was wearing phiran and was present in a medical shop. As the police party reached near market, the militants fired upon the party indiscriminately, they said.
A police official identified the injured policemen as Selection Grade Constable Muhammad Shafi Dar and SPO Firdous Ahmed. Three civilians were also injured in the attack who have been identified as Nazir Ahmed Shiekh, Ghulam Ahmed Dar and Munir Ahmed.
Police said that militants managed to escape from the scene soon after carrying out the attack.
Army, police and CRPF cordoned off the area and started search operation to nab the culprits. However, no one was arrested.
Superintendent of Police Budgam, Irshad Ahmed told reporters that militants fired upon police officer at a point blank range. Our police officer was shot by militants using automatic weapon. We have started an operation to nab the suspects, he said.
The doctors at the SDH, Chadura said that that SHO had received three bullets, two in his chest and one in the right arm.
The slain officer is survived by his wife, five young children and an aged father.
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