Srinagar militant attack: Police identify cop killers

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Hours after the killing of two policemen in Srinagar’s Baghat area on Friday, the police has identified the attackers as two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, including a local.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said, “The two policemen were on a routine duty and were at a shop to buy something. They were fired from the back. They were totally unarmed.”

Identifying the local militant involved as Saqib, whose only first name was given, the IGP said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants carried out the Baghat attack.

Talking on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of two killed cops at District Police Line (DPL), Srinagar, IGP added that “both the attackers will be tracked down soon”.

“Doctors at the hospital tried their best to save the two injured cops but couldn’t,” the IGP said adding that the incident will help the cops to work with more dedication and take extra precautions. “We will go for a security review and plug the loopholes. Had the policemen with weapons, perhaps they would have retaliated.”

Asked if a civilian has been detained at Baghat area, the Kashmir police chief said that nobody has been detained or arrested. “May be someone has been detained for routine questioning,” he said.

The policemen were identified as Suhail Ahmed and Muhammad Yousuf, residents of Ashmuqam, Anantnag and Zurhama, Kupwara. (Inputs from KNO)

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