Kashmir: Two policemen killed, 1 injured in JeM militant attack in Srinagar
Srinagar/UNI: Two police personnel were killed and one was injured when Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants attacked a naka party on Nowgam bypass in Srinagar on Friday, when security forces are on high alert ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said that JeM carried out the attack on security forces. “The JeM militants responsible for the attack have been identified and will be neutralized soon,” Kumar told reporters at the site of the attack.
Official sources told UNI that two militants suddenly appeared from a narrow bylane at Gulshan Nagar Nowgam bypass at 9:45 am and resorted to indiscriminate firing towards a joint naka party of police and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF).
They said three police personnel were injured in the attack.
"The policemen were rushed to a local hospital where two of them succumbed,” they said, adding the deceased have been identified as Ashfaq Ayub and Fayaz Ahmad.
"The health condition of the injured jawan, identified as Mohammad Ashraf, is stated to be critical,” they added.
They said traffic on the highway has been suspended and all roads to main Nowgam, Gulshah Nagar, Ahmed Nagar and Chanapora were closed. Security forces have sealed about two km of area and launched a massive hunt to trace the attackers.
Rejecting that there were any security lapses, the IGP said that the area is crowded and any retaliation by security forces could have resulted in loss of civilian lives.