Srinagar, Dec 10: Two policemen were killed when militants attacked a police party at Gulshan Chowk in northern district of Bandipora, police said Friday.
A police officer said that the incident took place at the busy Gulshan Chowk where militants attacked the escort party of Station House Officer Saddar in which two policemen sustained injuries.
“The injured policemen were shifted to district hospital Bandipora where doctors declared them brought dead,” the officer said and identified the slain as Muhammad Sultan of Baramulla and Fayaz Ahmed of Kupwara district.
The official said that soon after the attack the area was cordoned off and a massive manhunt launched to nab the attackers. Hospital sources said that both the police arrived with multiple bullet injuries and were declared brought dead on arrival.
A police spokesman in a statement said that at 5:15 pm, militants fired at a police party at Gulshan Chowk, Bandipora after which senior police officers visited the spot.
“Preliminary investigation have revealed that militants fired at the police party of Police Station Bandipora near Gulshan Chowk area of Bandipora in which two police personnel SgCt Muhammad Sultan and Ct Fayaz Ahmad received critical gunshot injuries. Both the injured were shifted to nearby hospital for treatment, however both of them succumbed,” the police spokesman said.
He said that Police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. “Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the circumstances which lead to the incident. Area has been cordoned off and search in the area is going on,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha tweeted: “No words are strong enough to condemn the heinous militant attack on our brave JK Police jawans SgCT Mohd Sultan & Ct Fayaz Ahmad at Bandipora. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs. We are firmly resolved to avenge this barbaric action by the enemies of peace & determined to completely dismantle the militant ecosystem. J&K administration will extend all possible support to martyrs families.”