2 killed, 6 injured in Kashmir terror strike

2 killed, 6 injured in Kashmir terror strike


An injured police officer in an ambulance waits for a stretcher in Srinagar on Friday. AFP

A policeman was among two persons killed and six others were injured when militants attacked Sopore police station in Baramulla district with grenades and gunfire twice within an hour on Friday.

The constable and a civilian, injured in the indiscriminate firing by militants on the police station in the North Kashmir town, succumbed to injuries on way to SMHS hospital here, official sources said.

They said both the persons were declared brought dead by doctors on arrival at the hospital. The deceased civilian who was hit by a bullet in the abdomen was identified as Pervaiz Ahmad, a resident of Hajam Mohalla locality of Sopore, 55 kms from here.

Additional Superintendent of Police Abdul Waheed told PTI over phone that the militants attacked the police station around 11.25 AM and the policemen guarding the complex retaliated. The exchange of fire continued for nearly 30 minutes.

Earlier, militants hurled a grenade towards the police station around 10.25 AM. The grenade exploded outside the main gate, injuring Mohammad Latief Mirchal who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly elections as an independent from Sopore constituency.

Mirchal, a resident of Sopore, was undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital and his condition was stated to be stable, the sources said adding he was presently heading Awami Itihad party.

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