Militants Kill 4 Policemen, Runaway With 3 Rifles 

JeM, Hizb Says They Carried Attack Jointly; Top Police Officers Join Wreath-Laying Ceremony Of Slain Policemen

SRINAGAR — In a major strike, four policemen were killed in a militant attack at Arhama in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.

Reports said that militants opened fire upon the escort party of DSP headquarters Shopian at Arhama village on Wednesday afternoon.

In the attack, four police personnel suffered serious bullet wounds and were rushed to nearby hospital where all of them were pronounced dead on arrival.

The escort party had gone to the area to repair a police vehicle when the incident took place, official sources said.

After carrying out the attack, the militants also decamped with three weapons of the slain cops, the officials said.

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A police spokesman identified the slain cops as constable Javid Ahmad Bhat (belt number 806/SPN) son of Nazir Ahmad Bhat of Panzinera, HMT Srinagar, constable Muhammad Iqbal Mir (belt number 660/SPN) son of Abdul Rehman Mir of Hudur Chaman Baramulla, constable Ishfaq Ahmad Mir (belt number 763/SPN) son Muhammad Malik Mir of Rafiabad Baramulla and SPO Adil Ahmad Bhat son Manzoor Ahmad Bhat (belt number 395/SPN) of Zawoora Shopian.

Police have registered a case and initiated investigations in the instant matter, he said.

The spokesman said that a wreath-laying ceremony for the slain was later held at DPL Shopian.

“Civil and Police Officers led by Director General of Police J&K S.P Vaid laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains and paid rich tributes to the slain who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty,” the spokesman said.

Among others who paid floral tributes include IGP Kashmir S.P Pani, DIG SKR, DC Shopian, ASP Shopian and other officers and jawans, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for Shopian attack, saying that its cadres along with that of Hizbul Mujahideen carried out the fatal attack.

In a statement issued to a local news agency GNS, JeM spokesman said that it was a joint attack by cadres of its outfit and that of Hizbul Mujahideen. He said that the militants also decamped with three rifles of the policemen.

 

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