Three policemen have been killed in a twin terror attack in Srinagar hours apart on Monday. The first attack took place in Zadibal where the militants shot dead two policemen, followed by another shootout in Tegopura soon after.
The attack has rung alarm bells for the state administration as tourist season is going on in the Kashmir valley.
Zadibal area witnessed first such attack in the city in nearly three years. According to initial reports, at around 10:45 AM the militants shot at the two cops from close range at Mill Stop which connects the city to the Hazratbal Shrine and super speciality SKIMS Hospital at Soura.
State police and other security forces have now been put on an alert to look out for the assailants, who managed to flee the spot.
The two cops died on the spot, the local police confirmed news agencies, adding the deceased have been identified as Assistant Sub Inspector Ghulam Mohammad and Head Constable Nazir Ahmad.
The two slain cops were posted at Zadibal Police Station. This is first such major strike in the city in nearly three years. The last such attack took place on June 22, 2013 when two policemen were shot dead at Hari Singh High Street.
In the second strike soon after around noon, militants shot at constable Mohammad Sadiq, who was posted as personal security guard to chairman of J&K Pasmanda Tabqajaat, Mohammad Abdullah Chatwal, at Tengpora on Parimpora-Hyderpora Bypass road.
In a serious development, it had emerged that the militants were able to snatch the service rifle of the injured cop before fleeing from the spot. The cop later succumbed to injuries at Police hospital at Batamaloo.
(With inputs from the PTI)