Srinagar was on high alert on Monday after unidentified gunmen killed three policemen in the first such attack in the Jammu and Kashmir capital in years.
Security personnel put up barricades to check vehicles at many places and frisked pedestrians at all strategic spots in the city.
In the first incident, militants shot two policemen from close range at Mill Stop in Zadibal area that connects the city to the Hazratbal Shrine and a hospital in Soura, a police official said.
The policemen, who died on the spot, have been identified as assistant sub-inspector Ghulam Mohammad and head constable Nazir Ahmad.
A few hours later, another policeman was killed in a strike in the city’s Tengpora area on the Srinagar-Jammu National highway. The militants also snatched the personnel’s rifle. The policeman has been identified as Mohammad Shafi.
Sources say attackers, who are on the run, were on a motorcycle. A massive search operation has been launched in the city.
Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed the responsibility for the incidents and its spokesperson Burhanuddin told a local news agency CNS that attacks on the security establishments will continue.
The incident comes two days after an encounter with militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, in which a soldier was killed.
Security forces said that five militants were killed and two soldiers were wounded in a fierce gun battle in Drugmulla.
The last such attack took place on June 22, 2013, when two policemen were shot dead at Hari Singh High Street.