Head constable killed, three others injured in evening attack claimed by Lashkar
Srinagar: A head constable was killed and three other policemen injured when militants ambushed a police bus near the armed police headquarters in Zewan on Srinagar outskirts. A police official said the bus came under attack at around 8 pm when the policemen were returning to headquarters after having been deployed for the day in Srinagar.
“One policeman succumbed,” a police spokesperson said. The slain policeman was identified as head constable Kishan Lal.
The spokesperson said that the three injured are in stable condition, for now. They were identified as head constables Abdul Hamid, Shabir Ahmad and constable Mehraj-ud-Din.
“A volley of bullets was showered on the police bus,” sources told Kashmir Reader.
Soon after the attack, locals came rushing to the rescue of the injured policemen. A video, which soon went viral on social media, showed people helping the policemen out from the bus.
Sources said that police had inputs of militants attempting to carry out an attack in Srinagar. “We had received intelligence inputs about a group of militants in Srinagar preparing for the attack,” a source said.
The attack comes days after four policemen and four CRPF troopers were killed in a fidayeen attack on the Pulwama district police lines.
The Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed responsibility for today’s Zewan attack.