SRINAGAR: Suspected militants struck Monday afternoon in southern Kashmir killing and injuring three policemen in two separate attacks.
Police officials said unknown militants opened fire upon a police vehicle outside the district court complex in the Pulwama district, some 40 kms from here, resulting in injuries to three policemen.
All the injured policemen were immediately rushed to nearby hospital for treatment, however, one of them succumbed to his injuries, sources said.
A doctor at the government-run hospital where the injured policemen were being treated however said two policemen have died.
Sources identified the slain policemen as special police officer Farooq Ahmad from Lethpur in the district and Mukhtar Ahmad from Veernag in Anantnag district.
Army, Special Operation Group of Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force have cordoned off the area and have launched a hunt to nab the attackers.
In nearby Pampore town a police official was critically injured when he was stabbed by a youth with a sharp edged weapon in the morning.
Official sources said that SPO, Bupinder Singh (belt No. 277/AWP) was on duty near a bridge in the township when he was stabbed an unknown assailant.
The injured cop collapsed on the stop and the cops nearby rushed and immediately referred him to the hospital in unconscious state, they said.
Soon after the attack, the Special Operation Group of Police and CRPF swung into action and apprehend the assailant after a brief chase .
Meanwhile, residents took to streets and started pelting stones on the police forces after his arrest, eyewitness said.
A police spokesman in a statement said that today an assailant attacked and stabbed a Police official in Pampore market. He was chased and overpowered by some Policemen. The Police official has been admitted in SKIMS, Medical Institute in a critical condition.
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