Retired police officer shot at, injured by suspected militants in Kulgam

Srinagar: A retired police officer has been shot at and critically injured by suspected militants in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

Bashir Ahmad Dar, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police was fired upon by motorcycle borne gunmen from close range when he was coming out of the local Masjid after offering late night prayers (Tarawi) in Ashmujee village of the district around 10:00 pm Tuesday, officials said. In the attack, which officials suspected was carried out by militants; the retired officer was critically injured.

He was shifted to Srinagar’s SK institute of medical institute with multiple bullet injuries.

“He had received shots in abdomen, leg and shoulder. His condition is life threatening,” a police official told a local news gathering agency Global News Service.

The suspected militants, the official said managed to flee from the scene after carrying out the late night attack.

Meanwhile, contingents of Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army have started combing operation in the village to nab the assailants.

The attack on the retired police officer came hours after a panch, Mohammad Yaqoob Malla, was shot at and injured by gunmen in the neighboring Shopian district. (GNS)