Militants attack cash van, 2 guards killed

Militants killed two bank guards in an attack on a cash van in Keller area of Shopian of south Kashmir on Monday.

Sources said that three to four heavily armed militants opened indiscriminate fire on a vehicle carrying cash for Jammu and Kashmir Bank near Poju Keller, Shopian, 52 km from here, in the afternoon, leaving two security guards wounded.

The injured guards were shifted to a hospital, where they succumbed.

Superintendent Police Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, confirmed that two security guards, who were injured in the attack, succumbed to their injuries at the Pulwama district hospital.

The slain guards were identified as Tariq Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad, both residents of Anantnag.

Local media reported that the duo was working for a private security firm and one of them had recently purchased his own gun for Rs 80,000. Owning a gun helps private security guards get a better wage package. He has two sisters and a younger brother.

Reports said security forces cordoned the area and launched a search operation to nab the attackers immediately after the incident. The bank official could not confirm immediately if any cash was looted by the militants from the van.

On May 1, five policemen and two security guards were killed in a similar attack in neighbouring Kulgam district.

The van was returning after depositing cash and militants could not loot it. However, the militants fled with assault rifles of the slain cops then.

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