Police officer, cop killed by militants in Pulwama

 Representational Picture: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: In a series of attacks on cops on the eve of Eid , a police officer and a cop was shot dead in two separate incidents of militant violence on the Wednesday evening in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.

Some gunmen barged inside the residential house of the police officer of Inspector rank at Larve village and fired upon him, reports said.

The officer suffered multiple bullet wounds and died instantly on the spot, they said.

The deceased has been identified as Mohd Ashraf Dar.

Dar was posted at District Police Lines (DPL) Budgam and was on leave on Eid eve.

A top police officer also confirmed the attack and said that militants are responsible for the killing.

He said that searches were launched in the village soon after the attack.

This was the third attack on the policemen in south Kashmir today. Earlier in the day, two policemen were shot dead in separate attacks at Kulgam and Pulwama districts

A policeman who was injured critically after unknown gunmen fired upon him at Louswani area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, succumbed to injuries.

The cop was fired upon by the gunmen from the point-blank range outside his home at Louswani village.

The sources said that the cop was critically injured in the firing and was immediately taken to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Newa where from he was referred to Srinagar hospital for advanced treatment.

However, the injured cop succumbed to injuries later on way to Srinagar hospital.

The deceased has been identified as Mohd Yaqoob son of Lal Shah of Louswani.

A doctor at the PHC Shahbaz Ahmad also confirmed the death of the cop.

“After receiving the critically injured cop at the PHC, the doctors present there accordingly referred him to Srinagar hospital but he succumbed on the way,” Shahbaz said.

Shahbaz said that they were informed about the cop’s death by the ambulance driver.

A police officer said that the constable was shot at by suspected militants and was hospitalized, however he succumbed later.

A case has been registered and further investigations initiated with regard to the incident, he said.

Meanwhile, government forces have arrived on the attack spot and launched a manhunt to nab the assailants.

Earlier today, a trainee police constable was shot dead at Awgam area of Kulgam district. (GNS)

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