A policeman was killed while 14 other were injured in a grenade attack by militants in the old city’s Nowhatta area.
The slain policeman was Shamim Ahmad from North Kashmir’s Gurez area. While most of the injured are policemen of Jammu and Kashmir police, four CRPF jawans were also reportedly injured.
The injured policemen were rushed to hospital for treatment. More details are awaited.
According to police officials, the militants attacked the police party near Ganjbaksh Park in Nowhatta area around 7 pm when the policemen were winding up after a day-long law and order maintenance duty. Earlier in the day, some stone throwing incidents were also reported in Nowhatta.
Banned militant organisation Tehreeq-ul-Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack in a mailed press release to various news organisations. The outfit claimed its ‘special squad attacked CRPF’ and that ‘Kashmir police was not their target’.
This is second attack in two days. On Saturday, militants had attacked an army convoy in Srinagar’s Bemina area injuring three jawans.
Kashmir observed a shutdown on Sunday against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to inaugurate India’s longest road tunnel---the Nashri-Chenani tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.