Fourteen cops of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police travelling in a bus which came under fire from the militants were injured and shifted to various hospitals. Two of them have lost their lives while others are being treated. The incident took place at Zewan, Srinagar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought details of the Srinagar incident and expressed sympathies with the victims.
Below is the Police statement on the incident:
Today at about 1800hrs, terrorists fired indiscriminately upon a police vehicle near Zewan Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. Senior police officers along with reinforcement reached at the terror crime spot.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that three terrorists had fired indiscriminately upon a police vehicle carrying police personnel of 9th Battalion near Zewan Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. The said police party were coming back to their campus after finishing their duties. Although the fire was retaliated however taking advantage of darkness the terrorists managed to escape from the spot. In this terror incident 14 police personnel were injured and were shifted to hospital for treatment. Among the injured personnel, ASI Ghulam Hassan & SgCT Safique Ali succumbed to their injuries and attained martyrdom, whereas the condition of other injured personnel is stated to be stable.
IGP Kashmir on behalf of Police Parivaar has paid rich tributes to these martyrs, who laid down their lives in the line of duty. He further said that the credible sources revealed that the attack was carried by Kashmir Tigers, an offshoot of JeM. In the retaliatory firing, one of the terrorists got injured and the group involved in this gruesome terrorist attack will be soon brought to justice.
Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and officers continue to work to establish the circumstances which lead to this terror crime. Area has been cordoned off and search in the area is going on.