Policeman killed, two injured in militant attack on Police post in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A policeman was killed and two other persons, including a civilian, were injured Friday in a guerrilla attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

The attack ensued as militants tried to snatch the weapons of local policemen deployed at a “minority post” or armed guard deployed for protection of members of the Pandit community who continue to live in their homes in the Valley.

“Militants tried to snatch the weapons of policemen posted at Reshnagri minority post. The attempt was resisted by the policemen resulti ng in a shootout in which three persons, including a civilian and two policemen, were injured,” a senior police official said here, adding that one of the injured policemen later succumbed to injuries

The militants managed to escape after the shootout, said the official, adding that a manhunt has been started to trace the assailants.

Guerrillas have been attacking the minority posts, especially in south Kashmir areas, to snatch weapons from the security guards at these posts.

Earlier this week, guerrillas had snatched five rifles from a minority post in Kulgam district.