A policeman and a civilian were killed in a militant attack near a mosque in north Kashmir's Sopore district on Tuesday, in the first major attack after terrorists targeted mobile towers in the area this July.
The civilian who was killed in the attack was identified as 70-year-old Abdul Raheem Lone. He was differently abled.
The attack took place at a police post near the shrine in a Sopore village, about 52km from Srinagar. According to police, the militants came on a motorcycle and opened fire at the policemen guarding the shrine.
The attackers fled with the rifle of the deceased policeman, Fayaz Ahmad, after killing him. Police have launched search operations in the area.
The attack came after terror strikes in Udhampur and Gurdaspur, and ahead of talks between the national security advisors of India and Pakistan in Delhi on August 23. Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naveed was captured after the Udhampur attack that killed two BSF troopers.