Jammu & Kashmir: 2 policemen, 3 civilians killed in Sopore militant attack; Arvind Kejriwal, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti condemn

Two policemen as many civilians were killed and three others injured after militants opened fire on a joint police and CRPF party in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday.

Earlier reports had said only one civilian was injured in this incident. Police said two civilians and 2 policemen were injured when militants hurled a grenade at the security forces in Sopore town. Later they succumbed to critical injuries in the hospital during treatment.

"Four policemen and 3 civilians were also injured in this attack which took place in the main market of Sopore town," police said. "Reinforcements have reached the spot to carry out searches. The area has been cordoned off", police said.

The condition of two other injured is stated to be critical and they have been shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment, health officials said.

Reports reaching here said that the militants targeted a vehicle of the local police with a grenade in the main market of Sopore town. Reports said immediately after the attack, security forces cordoned off the area and a massive manhunt was launched to nab the attackers.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid homage to the security personnel killed by terrorists in north Kashmir, saying attacks on "brave soldiers" of the country are "absolutely unacceptable".

While, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said bullets cannot resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and dialogue is the only way forward.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday condemned the militant attack on security forces in Sopore town of Baramulla district.

Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari also condemned the Sopore firing incident. In a statement, Bukhari termed the attack most gruesome and heart wrenching.

(With agency inputs)

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