A constable was killed after militants attacked the home of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi at Bilal Colony in Srinagar's Soura area on Sunday, according to several media reports.
One security guard lost his life in an attack by terrorists in Srinagar's Soura #JammuAndKashmir
— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2018
According to a report in DNA, Qureshi heads the People’s Political Front (PPF), which is a constituent of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Qureshi was paralysed after he was shot by militants in December 2009 and played a significant role in negotiations after Hizbul Mujahideen announced a truce in 2000, according to the DNA report.
According to a report in Greater Kashmir, the constable, Farooq Ahmad, was in critical condition when he was shifted to SKIMS Soura Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Militants also reportedly decamped with Ahmad's service rifle, according to the report.
Earlier on Sunday, a policeman was killed in an attack by militants near Charar-e-Sharief shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam district. Constable Kultar Singh of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police 13th Battalion was initially injured when militants attacked a security guard post outside the shrine and escaped with his weapon. He later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Officials said the area was cordoned off and the hunt to nab the assailants is on.
DGP SP Vaid expressed his pain at the death of the two policemen on Twitter:
We have lost another precious life when Constable Farooq Ahmad was martyred today in Srinagar. Be more careful boys, it’s the proxy war that we are fighting in Jammu & Kashmir. — Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) February 25, 2018
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Feb 25, 2018 22:58:57 IST