Relatives of a police officer killed in Saturday’s attack in Srinagar.
SRINAGAR: Two civilians and as many cops were killed in indiscriminate firing by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists at Arampora in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Saturday. Two other civilians and three police personnel, including an ASI, were injured in the ambush, which started with grenades being hurled in the direction of the cops on duty before a pair of terrorists emerged from their hiding place to fire several rounds, witnesses said.
Slain Sopore residents Manzoor Ahmad Shallah and Bashir Ahmad were part of the morning hustle and bustle in the town's marketplace and the police team had been deployed there to ensure Covid-safety compliance, DGP Dilbag Singh told TOI on the sidelines of a ceremony in honour of the two cops killed in the attack. Constables Showkat Ahmad Parray of Budgam and Waseem Ahmad of Srinagar died of their injuries before they could get medical attention, he said.
Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) Vijay Kumar, who visited the ambush site, said the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists involved in the attack had been identified as Fayaz War and Mudasir Pandit.
Among the injured cops, ASI Mukesh Kumar was moved to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment. One the other injured police personnel was identified as SPO Danish Ahmad.
DGP Singh said that despite suffering casualties in Saturday's terror attack, J&K police remains in control of law and order across the Valley. "Terrorism is on the decline, with security forces swiftly launching operations in any area the moment they receive inputs about the presence of terror operatives there."
The Sopore ambush comes less than two weeks after terrorists shot dead Rakesh Pandita, a BJP municipal committee chairperson from the Kashmiri Pandit community, at Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama. The killing broke a lull in terror attacks targeting political functionaries.