Baramulla: A former spokesman of Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit was among four persons injured Tuesday when unidentified gunmen fired upon a minibus near Sangrama area of Baramulla.
The minibus bearing registration number JK05-9135 was on its way to Baramulla from Pattan when the gunmen opened fire on it near Sangrama, official sources said.
The injured including a non-local labourer were removed to district hospital Baramulla. Three of them were referred to Srinagar, hospital sources told Kashmir Reader.
The injured have been identified as Abdul Khaliq Dar alias Junaid-ul-Islam (ex-spokesman of the Hizb) and Mohammad Rafiq Wani (of Khanpora, Baramulla), Mohammad Saddam, of Bihar, and Tanveer Ahmad Sheikh of Hewan, Baramulla.
Immediately after the shootout, army and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police cordoned off the area and started searches.
Confirming the incident, a police spokesman said at about 1900 hours “one unknown militant who was boarding a passenger matador plying from Pattan towards Baramulla got off near Sangrama and opened fire at very same matador he had boarded by the pistol he was possessing. Four passengers including conductor of the bus (were injured).”
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the shootout.