Srinagar, June 16: Six policemen, one among them a station house officer, were killed in a militant ambush in Acchabal area of southern Anantnag district on Friday evening. Two civilians were also injured in the gun battle.
The police sources said that the militants targeted a police group, at about 70-km south of Srinagar, with gunfire.
Among the slain policemen was Feroz Dar, a Station House Officer (SHO), the sources said.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan, said that the policemen were travelling from Anantnag town to Achabal police station and militants ambushed the vehicle at Thanjiwara village.
The six cops killed in the attack included a Sub Inspector, identified as Feroz Dar, three constables and two SPOs.
Feroz Ahmed Dar son of Ab Raheem Dar was a resident of Dogripora, Awantipora, Pulwama and was presently putting up at Sangam Bijbehara.
The other slain cops have been identified as constable Shariq Ahmed (674/A), constable Tasveer Ahmed (895/A), constable Sharaz Ahmed (674/A), Mohammed Asif (1162/SPO) R/o Shangas Ananatnag
and Sabzar Ahmed (1391/SPO) R/o Adsoo Shangas Ananatnag.
Earlier on Thursday, two J&K policemen Shabir Ahmed Dar and Shahzad Dilawar Sofi were killed when targeted with gunfire by militants in Bogund village of southern Kulgam district and Hyderpora locality of central Budgam district, respectively. A third policeman was injured in one of these attacks.
These incidents came close on the heels of the militants striking across the Kashmir valley voraciously. They carried out four grenade attacks at the security forces’ camps and foot patrols in southern Pulwama district and Srinagar city, leaving over a dozen personnel injured.
After the attacks for which Jaish-e-Muhammad and Al-Umar Mujahedin jointly claimed responsibility, the authorities had sounded a high alert and particularly asked the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir police to be more vigilant and thwart reoccurrence of such acts by militants.
Meanwhile, Lashker-e-Toiba militant organisation claimed the responsibility for the attack. In a statement issued to GNS, LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Gaznavi said that cadres of the organization carried the successful act and killed six policemen and injured several others.