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KashmirCop killed, 2 injured in Shopian militant attack

Cop killed, 2 injured in Shopian militant attack


Anantnag/Srinagar, Oct7: A policeman was killed and two others, including a policeman and a member of the minority Pandit community, were injured in 's Shopian district after a weapon-snatching bid by militants turned into a gunfight this evening.

According to police reports, militants attacked a police post guarding the Kashmiri Pandit community in the Reshnagri area of Shopian district.

The policemen on duty opened fire to foil the weapon-snatching bid.

“Militants retaliated the fire and the exchange of fire lasted about 10 minutes in which two policemen and a Kashmiri Pandit were injured,” said a police source.

The injured were evacuated to District Hospital, Shopian, where one of the policemen was declared brought dead. “The other two injured have been shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment,” a hospital source said.

Meanwhile, curfew was imposed today in parts of Srinagar to foil separatists' march to the UN Military Observers Group in and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office on the 13th Friday since the current unrest started.

Amid a complete shutdown and restrictions across Kashmir, curfew was imposed in areas under five police stations of Srinagar downtown — Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal and MR Gunj — and two police stations of Maisuma and Batamaloo in the uptown. All roads leading to Sonwar, where the UN office is located, were sealed off and no movement was allowed in the area. Friday prayers were not offered at the shrine of Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Sahib near the UN office as the authorities locked its gates to prevent movement of the people in the area.

“In view of the ‘UN chalo' call given by some separatist organisations and the violence caused by miscreants during the last few Fridays, curfew was imposed in parts of Srinagar city as a precautionary measure,” a police spokesman said.

During the day, 11 incidents of stone-throwing were reported from Srinagar, Baramulla and Sopore. Reports of clashes in the city were reported from Peerbagh, Burzulla, Natipora and Safakadal. The situation, however, remained under control and there was no report of any untoward incident, the police said.

Curfew and restrictions are imposed mainly on Fridays to avoid any trouble after the prayers, mainly in the downtown areas, where Srinagar's grand mosque Jamia Masjid is located at Nowhatta. With the restrictions, the congregational prayers were not held at Jamia Masjid today.


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