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SPO killed in suspected militant strike

A policeman was killed and an armyman injured on Saturday after suspected militants opened fire at the duo during their off-duty hours in their native village Brath Kalan near Kashmir's northern town Sopore, some 45 km from Srinagar.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 08, 2012 21:24 IST

A policeman was killed and an armyman injured on Saturday after suspected militants opened fire at the duo during their off-duty hours in their native village Brath Kalan near Kashmir's northern town Sopore, some 45 km from Srinagar.

Police and locals said special police officer (SPO) Riyaz-ul-Hasan and rifleman Tariq Ahmad Mir of the 5 J&K Light Infantry (JAKLI), both residents of Sopore town, were shot at when they were busy chatting near Zainageer canal in the village. While Riyaz died on the spot, Tariq, who was shot in the shoulder, ran to some villagers and was shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.

"We have launched a manhunt. The killers won't be spared," said a police spokesman.


First Published: Sep 08, 2012 21:22 IST