Terrorists kill 3 policemen in Shopian, snatch weapons : Cong and NC condemn terror attack

11 Dec 2018

Three policemen were killed today when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir's Shopian district, officials said.
The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri Pandit families. A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former special police officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator. Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one. The deceased were identified as Abdul Majid, Manzoor Ahmed and Mohammed Amin.
The injured policeman was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical, the official said. At the time of the incident, only one family was present there. Immediately after the shootout, the terrorists fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals. The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned terrorist organisation, was behind the barbaric act. The Congress and the NC condemned the militant attack on the police post.
"I strongly condemn the attack on the police post in Shopian and condole the deaths of three police personnel in the line of duty," former chief minister Omar Abdullah said. "I pray for their souls & for the speedy recovery of those injured in this attack," added the National Conference (NC) leader. The Congress too expressed shock over the attack. "The killings or violence has neither served any purpose nor will benefit anyone, rather such type of dastardly acts will have serious implications on the society, besides vitiating the peace," a spokesman of the Pradesh Congress Committee said in a statement. "The loss of lives is highly painful," the leader added.