Cop killed in attack on PS Shopian, rifle snatched

Police officers carry coffing of constable Saqib Mir at District Police Lines (DPL) Shopian on Sunday.
Police officers carry coffing of constable Saqib Mir at District Police Lines (DPL) Shopian on Sunday.

Army foils infiltration in Tanghdar
Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Sept 30: A policeman was killed and his rifle was snatched after militants attacked Police Station Shopian in South Kashmir district of Shopian this morning.
Militants this morning fired at Police Station Shopian and killed a cop, identified as Saqib Mohiudin of Zawoora village of the district, who was manning the entry gate when the attack took place around 6 am. Saqib was critically injured in the attack and was taken to hospital where he was declared as brought dead.
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Sources said that Mess Incharge of the Police Station had gone to fetch the bread from the baker and gate was not locked from inside. A militant clad in veil (burka) opened the gate and got inside the Police Station. When asked by the security guard about his identity, he fired at him indiscriminately and at the same time militants fired at the Police Station from the back side to divert attention.
The militants fled with the rifle of the cop who was lying on the ground inside the entrance of Police Station in a pool of blood. They shouted slogans outside the Police Station before fleeing. The cops also returned the fire but militants managed to escape.
Sources said that the four militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were involved in the attack including SPO Adil Bashir who deserted from police two days ago along with 7 AK rifles and one pistol from Jawahar Nagar Srinagar residence of PDP MLA from Wachi in Shopian district on Friday.
A police spokesman said here that in the wee hours today, militants fired indiscriminately on Police Station Shopian. The attack was repulsed by the alert cops. “In this incident, one policeman Ct Saqib Mir also sustained injuries and was evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. However, the injured cop succumbed to his injuries. Police has registered a case and investigation has been initiated”, the spokesman said.
In the meantime, Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara district last night.
The spokesman said that there was an infiltration attempt by militants and ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Tanghdar sector in the North Kashmir district late last night. “Our forces retaliated strongly and foiled infiltration bid being attempted under covering fire by Pakistan army,” he said.
The Army launched searches in the area to ensure that no militant managed to sneak inside under the cover of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops.