J&K: Four cops killed in Shopian, hunt for militants on

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Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

A militant attack on a police post in Kashmir’s Shopian left atleast four cops dead on Tuesday.

The police personal were deployed at a police post guarding Kashmiri Pandits at Zainpora village in Shopian. “The post is around 200 meters away from the concerned police station, CRPF and army camp”, officials said.

The policemen killed in the attack.

“Soon after the sound of gunshots caused panic, a contingent of police and army arrived at the spot and searches were launched to nab the attackers. The injured cop was rushed to a hospital where his condition is stable,” they added.

A senior police officer confirmed to Ground Report the death of four cops, “The militants also managed to decamp with four rifles, but we have launched a manhunt to nab them and recover the weapons,” the officer said.

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Reacting to developments, former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said, “Strongly condemn attack on policemen in Shopian claiming 3 precious lives. Bears repetition, violence achieves nothing but destruction. Solidarity with families of jawans .Relieved that no harm caused to any civilians in the minority pocket they guarded.”

Reports said that the militants entered into a guard room where four cops were on duty and launched a volley of fire killing four. The slain police personnel have been identified as Abdul Majid, Manzoor Ahmed and Mohammed Amin.

A police spokesperson identified the slain cops as Anees Ahmad, a constable (480/Spn) from Kulgam town, Abdul Majid, a senior grade constable (193/SPN) of Ganderbal and Merajuddin, a constable (477/SPN) of Hajin in Bandipora and Hamidullah (860/SPN), a resident of Anantnag.

Shopian has emerged as the new hub for militant activities in Kashmir Valley with maximum number of militants killed this year by forces belonging to this district. According to one estimate, over 220 militants killed this year in Kashmir, close to 40 hailed from Shopian.

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Militants have also targeted security personnel in this district at regular intervals. On September 30, a J&K Police constable, Saqib Mir, was killed when militant fired at Shopian police station. The attackers later managed to escape.

Earlier on September 21, three policemen, two of them SPO, were kidnapped and killed hours later in Shopian district of South Kashmir.

On August 29 this year, militants shot dead four policemen in Shopian, hours after a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahedeen, Altaf Dar, and his associate, were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Committee (JKPCC) has expressed deep shock over the assassination of three policemen.