Four Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists and a policeman were killed in separate incidents, while a senior Congress leader escaped a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir, where security forces unearthed a hideout near the Line of Control on Sunday.
Two police personnel of Kothibagh police station who were on duty near Ghanta Ghar (clock tower) in Lal Chowk, nerve centre of Srinagar, were fired upon by unidentified pistol-borne terrorists from point blank range around 12.50 pm on Sunday, official sources said.
Both the policemen were critically injured in the shooting, which created panic in the area, the sources said adding the ultras fled the scene immediately.
The injured policemen were evacuated to SMHS hospital where one of them constable Ghulam Mohiuddin, was declared brought dead, while the other constable Ghulam Hassan was battling for life, the sources said adding a hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists involved in the attack.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit claimed responsibility for the incident.
This was the second major strike by militants in Lal Chowk this month. On October four, terrorists carried out a suicide attack at Badshah Chowk triggering a fierce 20-hour gunbattle which left ten persons including seven securitymen and two ultras dead and 20 others injured, prompting authorities to strengthen deployment in the area.
The sources said two suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces during search operations at Senzen village of Pulwama district on Saturday night.
Two AK rifles, six magazines and some grenades were recovered from the slain ultras, they said.