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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Kashmir: Constable killed as militants on ‘weapon hunt’ attack police post

The militants allegedly attacked a security installation at Wardwan in Budgam district, where a few families of the minority community live.

india Updated: May 11, 2018 15:53 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Army personnel stand guard during a recent gun battle with militants in Pulwama district.
Army personnel stand guard during a recent gun battle with militants in Pulwama district. (PTI File)
         

 A constable was killed in a suspected militant attack on a police post set up to guard members of the minority community residing in central Kashmir on Friday.

The militants allegedly opened fire at a security installation at Wardwan in Budgam district, where a few families of the minority community live. “A policeman succumbed to injuries sustained in the attack,” said an official at the Budgam police control room.

Sources said snatching weapons seemed to be the motive behind the attack.

The slain policeman was identified as Shameem Ahmad, a constable. “The attack was successfully repulsed, and none of the firearms were taken,” a police spokesperson said, adding that the area was cordoned immediately after the incident.

Last month, suspected militants took four rifles from policemen deputed at a checkpost in Hyderpora.