Third attack in the past 10 days in south Kashmir
ANANTNAG: Four policemen were wounded when suspected militants ambushed their vehicle at Bonigam village in Qazigund pocket of south Kashmir on Sunday evening. This is the third attack on government forces since the beginning of June in the south Kashmir region. The entire area was cordoned off after the attack to track down militants but they had apparently left the area.
Sources said that militants had laid an ambush at the village and the police team traveling in a vehicle belonging to police station Qazigund came under a volley of fire. The injured policemen were immediately removed to Emergency hospital at Qazigund where doctors referred them to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
“The wounded cops had bullet injuries. One constable had several wounds while another has a bullet wound in his hip,” Dr Zahoor, who administered first aid to the wounded cops, told Kashmir Reader.
He said the other two cops were out of danger even as they also nursed minor bullet wounds.
The injured cops were identified as Altaf Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad, Mohammad Yaqub and Manzoor Ahmad.
A senior police official told Kashmir Reader that the constables were on their routine duty when their vehicle was ambushed by the militants near Bonigam. After carrying out the attack, the militants managed to flee from the spot.
The government forces including army, special operations group of state police and paramilitary CRPF launched major search operation in the area shortly after the attack.
This is the third attack on the government forces in south Kashmir region in past 10 days. Hizbul Mujahideen militants ambushed a BSF convoy on June 3 at Bijbehara killing three BSF personnel and injuring seven others. On the following day, the militants shot dead two policemen at Khanaba-Pahalgam road area near general bus stand Anantnag. Police said the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants. The attackers were identified after a video clip went viral on internet in which the attackers were shown moments after the shooting took place.
The police managed to identify the militants from pictures as Junaid Ahmad of Khudwani and Ali, believed to be a non-local. The police have issued a lookout notice to nab the attackers.