Kashmir: 8 policemen, 2 militants and 3 civilians killed in 24 hrs
Srinagar, Jan 16 (Only Kashmir): In different incidents of violence within a span of less than 24 hours in Kashmir eight policemen, two militants and three civilians were killed in Kashmir creating a blanket of fear among the people across the Valley. Scores of protesters also suffered pellet and bullet injuries aftermath the gory incidents.
In a deadly attack, six policemen including Station House Officer identified Feroz Dar of Police Station Achabal were killed when militants attacked their vehicle near Tajwar area of Achabal in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. The militants reportedly after lobbing a grenade resorted to indiscriminate firing, killing all the six on board. Militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed the responsibility.
The killing of six policemen comes hours after LeT top commander Junaid Ahmed Matoo along with his companion was killed in an encounter at Arwani Bijbehara area of South Kashmir.
As the siege was laid around the area where militants were hiding, large number of protesters hit to roads and tried to hamper the operation against the militants. The local protesters amid pro-freedom slogans hurled rocks on the troopers who retaliated with pellets, bullets and tear-smoke shells during which two persons identified as Muhammad Ashraf Khar and Ahsan Dar received major injuries and latter succumb to injuries.
Earlier on Thursday evening, during clashes, a 22-year-old Bandipora youth Naseer Ahmad Sheikh was killed after Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel opened fire to disperse protesters who pelted them with stones in Rangreth area of Srinagar city.
On Thursday evening two policemen were killed as militants carried out twin attacks in Kulgam South Kashmir and Hyderpora Srinagar. One policeman, Shahzad Ahmad, and Shabir Ahmad Dar were killed in twin militant attacks at Hyderpora and Kulgam respectively.
Meanwhile two civilians were injured after army allegedly opened fire on the car they were travelling on in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Friday. In south Kashmir, unknown gunmen opened fire and injured Suraya, a resident of Kulgam’s Kutrasoo area.
According to reports Srinagar district administration will impose restrictions in jurisdictions of five police stations on Saturday, officials said. Deputy Magistrate, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone said restrictions under Section 144 will be imposed in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and MR Gunj police stations.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed “deep anguish” over the killing of two civilians and as many policemen across Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours. (OK)