JAMMU & KASHMIR: Two Jammu and Kashmir policemen and two civilians were killed after militants attacked a police party in Arampora area of Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday afternoon.
According to the officials, at least six people were injured in Sopore district. “The militants fired a volley of bullets towards the joint team of security forces at Arampora, injuring four cops and three civilians critically,” said a police official. “Two civilians, two caps later succumbed to their injuries,” he added.
Soon after the attack, police, CRPF and army officials reached the spot and the entire area was cordoned off. The search operation to nab the gunmen is on.
This comes at a time when there is a heightened apprehension in Kashmir about yet another political overhaul of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with rumours of Jammu being carved out as a separate State.
Though officials have claimed that the security forces have an upper hand against militants and that the militancy is on a decline, as many as 13 security personnel lost their lives to violence by militants this year.
Of them, seven were from Jammu and Kashmir Police, three from the CRPF and three from the Army. They were killed in nine separate incidents in the Valley, three of which took place in south Kashmir, three in Srinagar, two in Sopore and one in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has condemned the attack. “Terrible news coming in from Sopore. Such attacks must be condemned without reservation. Prayers for the injured & condolences to the families of the deceased”, Omar Abdullah tweeted.