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Kashmir: Gunfight erupts after militants fire at BJP leader’s security officer

Mohammad Anwar Khan, a BJP general secretary, escapes unhurt but his PSO has sustained injuries.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2018 22:12 IST
Abhishek Saha, Srinagar
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Security forces cordon off Khanmoh area in Pulwama district on Thursday after terrorists attack BJP leader Anwar Khan.(ANI Twitter)

The security officer of a BJP leader in Kashmir was injured when suspected militants fired at him on the outskirts of Srinagar, which police described as a failed attempt to snatch his official weapon.

As security forces cordoned off a village in the Khunmoh area in search of the miltants, a gun-fight erupted which was continuing, police added. Police said three militants are involved in the incident.

The security officer, Bilal Ahmad, received a minor “grazing (bullet) injury on one leg”.

Personal security officers (PSOs) usually carry AK series rifles or the Indian-made INSAS rifles. On February 25, militants killed two cops in separate incidents and snatched their rifles.

A BJP spokesperson said Mohammad Anwar Khan, the general secretary of the BJP’s Baramulla distirct, was not injured.

“The policeman injured in the Khunmoh incident is absolutely stable. They exhibited extreme care and caution while repulsing the attack. No collateral damage. Area under cordon and search continues,” a police spokesperson said.

“The area has been cordoned off by police and security forces and is being searched... militants are hold up,” police said in a statement.

The BJP is part of the ruling alliance led by the PDP of chief minister Mehboba Mufti.

In a separate incident, three militants were arrested in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday. Police also seized a pistol and ammunition from them.

First Published: Mar 15, 2018 15:35 IST