Militants strike Anantnag again

Militants strike Anantnag again

In a second attack of its kind in less than 24-hours, militants on Saturday attacked a police party in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district killing two personnel including an officer.

Reports said two motorcycle-borne militants opened fire on a police party near the Anantnag Bus Stand, 52 km from here, killing assistant sub inspector Bashir Ahmad and constable Riyaz Ahmad. The spot is barely some metres away from a police post.

Eyewitnesses told DH over phone that the firing created panic in the area with people running for safety. They said the militants taking advantage of the melee managed to escape from the spot.

Immediately after the attack, the area was cordoned off to nab the assailants. However, reports said, no arrest was made till late in the evening.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. This was the second attack in the district in last 24 hours.

On Friday, three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and seven others injured after militants ambushed their convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in the same district.  Hizb-ul-Mujahideen had claimed the responsibility of the attack on the BSF convoy and had warned of more such attacks.

A senior police officer said they have inputs that the militants may carry out more strikes on security forces in south Kashmir, particularly on the National Highway between Anantang and Pampore.

Anantnag Assembly segment is slated to go for bypolls on June 22. The polls were necessitated after the death of former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in January. Incumbent Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is contesting the bypolls against Congress and National Conference candidates.

J&K DGP K Rajendra Kumar rushed to Anantnag after hearing the news of the latest attack. Later, chairing a security meeting, Rajendra asked the officers from police and central paramilitary forces to gear up all resources to apprehend the culprits.

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