Srinagar: Two policeman was killed while two other cops and a civilian were injured tonight when some terrorists fired at a security post guarding minority community in Shopian district of Kashmir valley.
According to police official, “Militants fired at the police guard posted at minority picket Jamnagri in Herpora area of Shopian at around 8:30 pm.”
The attack ensued as militants tried to snatch the weapons of local policemen deployed at a “minority post” or armed guard deployed for protection of members of the Pandit community who continue to live in their homes in the Valley.
“Militants tried to snatch the weapons of policemen posted at Reshnagri minority post. The attempt was resisted by the policemen resulti ng in a shootout in which three persons, including a civilian and two policemen, were injured,” a senior police official said here, adding that one of the injured policemen later succumbed to injuries
The militants managed to escape after the shootout, said the official, adding that a manhunt has been started to trace the assailants.
Guerrillas have been attacking the minority posts, especially in south Kashmir areas, to snatch weapons from the security guards at these posts.
The official added, in the gunbattle, a constable Nazeer Ahmad was killed and Constable Zahoor Ahmad was injured.
A civilian was also injured in the incident he was shifted to the Army’s Base Hospital here.
The official said, the area has been cordoned off and a search launched to track down the terrorists.
Earlier this week, guerrillas had snatched five rifles from a minority post in Kulgam district.