Police Under Attack: 1 More Killed, 7 Injured

Srinagar—One police man was killed and seven others were injured when militants attacked an armed police bus in the city outskirts late Friday evening . The condition of the three of the seven policemen was described as critical and were operated upon in the hospital.

Police sources said that a Armed Police vehicle 853 was on way to Zewan. It was carrying the cops who were on duty for the day on the track around Pathachowk on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

As it reached near Gamander at around 7.45 PM, it was attacked by militants. Eight cops were injured in the attack. All the injured cops were from JKAP battalion nine.

Bus driver Meraj ud Din was grievously injured and breathed his last soon after the attack.

Security forces are already on high alert after intelligence inputs indicated that militants were planning an attack around the Eid-ul-Azha which falls on Saturday.

The attack comes days after eight security personnel, including four CRPF men, were killed when militants stormed district police lines in south Kashmir’s Pulwama.

This is the third attack on policemen in less than four days.

A Jammu and Kashmir Police officer was injured after suspected militants fired upon him at Imamsahab area in Shopian on Thursday evening

On 28 August afternoon, suspected militants shot at a Police’s Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Abdul Rashid Pir near Lal Chowk in volatile south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Pir, who received bullet injury in his abdomen, was first moved to district hospital Anantnag for treatment. Pir later succumbed to his wounds at Indian Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar.

A day earlier at least 10 security personnel, including four JK policemen were killed, when militants launched a daring attack on District Police Lines in Pulwama.

This year has been the bloodiest for J&K Police since 2013. They have lost 27 cops in the first eight months of the year.

In another deadly attack on 16 June this year, a group of militants ambushed a police party in the Anantnag district in which six policemen, including a station house officer (SHO) of Achabal police station, were killed.

Director General of J&K Police SP Vaid had confirmed to reporters that – “They (militants) fired at the policemen from very close range and later escaped with five AK-47 assault rifles.’’ Vaid added that the attackers belonged to a Lashkar module.

Kashmir is witnessing a new-age of armed militancy, especially in four volatile districts of south Kashmir where militants are routinely killed in encounters with government forces. But they also keep finding new recruits.

Highly placed sources in the J&K Police department insist that the new wave of armed rebellion is “unpredictable in many ways” because “the new-age of militancy is not entirely controlled by Pakistan”.

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