LeT attacks Srinagar hospital to free Pak accomplice, 2 cops killed

Srinagar: Security personnel stand guard during a search operation after an LeT militant escaped from the police custody with the assailants after Lashkar-e-Taiba militants attacked SMHS hospital, in Srinagar, Feb 6, 2018. PTI

Srinagar: Security personnel stand guard during a search operation after an LeT militant escaped from the police custody with the assailants after Lashkar-e-Taiba militants attacked SMHS hospital, in Srinagar, Feb 6, 2018.
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Two policemen have been killed in a dastardly terrorist attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba inside the SMHS hospital complex this morning in Srinagar. The assailants managed to free a Pakistani terrorist, who was taken to the hospital by the police contingent for a treatment.

While one policeman was killed at the spot, another who critically injured succumbed later in the afternoon.

Mohammed Naveed Jhutt, the 22-year-old LeT militant from Pakistan who was caught in Kulgam in south Kashmir in 2014, along with six prisoners, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the police, the ultras opened fire on the police party accompanying Jhutt, alias Abu Hanzala, outside OPD of the busy hospital in Kaka Sarai area. A carbine rifle of one of the policemen is reported missing.

According to the initial probe, two militants were lying in wait in the parking lot of the hospital. They rained bullets at the police party and fled in a car towards downtown Srinagar.

Srinagar: Security personnel stand guard atop a vehicle during a search operation after an LeT militant escaped from the police custody with the assailants after Lashkar-e-Taiba militants attacked SMHS hospital, in Srinagar, Feb 6, 2018. PTI

Srinagar: Security personnel stand guard atop a vehicle during a search operation after an LeT militant escaped from the police custody with the assailants after Lashkar-e-Taiba militants attacked SMHS hospital, in Srinagar, Feb 6, 2018.
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Jhutt, a school dropout from Borevella district of Multan in the Pakistan Punjab, is believed to be involved in multiple attacks. These include an attack on the Army in Hyderpora in the city, an attack on the Silver Star hotel along the national highway outside Srinagar and three attacks on police and CRPF camps in south Kashmir.

He was arrested on August 26, 2014.

The militant had obtained sophisticated training and was good in handling equipment like compass, GPS, wireless sets and mobile phones installed with Skype software, an official said.

Jammu and Kashmir police wanted to shift him along with five other prisoners from Srinagar jail to other high security jails outside the Valley but was disallowed from doing so by the local courts.

(With inputs from PTI)