Srinagar: Terrorists on Monday opened fire on a police bus near Zewan in the Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. Kashmir Zone Police informed that 14 personnel were injured in the attack and later two succumbed to their injuries.
This is the first major attack on the security forces in the valley since Article 370 was abrogated in 2019, revoking the temporary special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.
The militants opened fire on the police bus carrying personnel of the 9th Battalion of J&K Police’s armed wing on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. The incident took place in Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar city.
The police initially said that 14 cops were injured in the attack. Two policemen succumbed to their injuries later.
“Terrorists fired upon a police vehicle near Zewan in Panthachowk area of Srinagar. 14 personnel injured in the attack. All the injured personnel evacuated to hospital. Area cordoned off. Further details to follow,” the J&K Police tweeted.
They added, “Among the injured police personnel, aN ASI (Assistant Sub Inspector) and a selection grade constable succumbed to their injuries and attained martyrdom.”
#SrinagarTerrorAttack: Among the injured police personnel, 01 ASI & a Selection Grade Constable #succumbed to their injuries & attained #martyrdom. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/VPe0Pwoyfy
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) December 13, 2021
Police sources that several injured cops were seriously injured and are in extremely critical condition. They expressed fears that the death toll may go up later.
The sources further said that according to preliminary reports, two militants were involved in the attack. The manner in which the attack was carried out suggests that the attackers were part of a ‘fidayeen’ outfit, they added.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said, “PM Narendra Modi has sought details on the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. He has also expressed condolences to the families of those security personnel who have been martyred in the attack.”