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Kashmir: Militants attack police station, decamp with rifles

india Updated: Sep 08, 2016 14:05 IST
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Militants attacked the Pulwama police station with grenades and automatic gunfire in the wee hours of Thursday morning.(HT File Photo)

A militant attack on a police station and another incident of militants decamping with weapons kept Kashmir tense on Thursday, although curfew was not imposed anywhere in the Valley.

At around midnight on Thursday, a group of militants attacked the Pulwama police station and fired at the officers inside, police said.

In what appears to be an attempted “fidayeen” (suicide) attack, the policemen fired back and stopped the militants from storming into the station, sources said.

A police officer informed HT the attackers had rifles and managed to escape in the course of the gun-battle. There was no casualty on any side.

In another incident, militants decamped with four rifles from the guards of former National Conference leader, Abdul Rashid Khanday, in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district. Kulgam police control room confirmed the incident.

Although Srinagar saw an increased number of private vehicles on the roads, educational institutions, main markets, public transport and other businesses remained closed. Security forces were deployed in some areas of the city.

On Wednesday, a government school was gutted during clashes in Kulgam district on Wednesday, with locals alleging it was due to the use of tear gas shells by security forces.

In a separate incident in the district, a 70-year-old man died of a probable cardiac arrest after clashes took place in the Chawalgam area of the district. Although locals said that the death occurred after firing of tear gas shells and sounds of loud explosions occurred in the area, police did not comment on the reason behind the death.

According to the fresh protest calendar issued by the separatists protests and shutdown have been extended till September 16.