Two wounded in attack by gunmen in north Kashmir’s Baramulla
Officials have not specified any reason behind the attack.Updated: May 31, 2017 18:05 IST
At least two men were wounded by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday night in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Wednesday.
Police said the gunmen opened fire on Abdul Rashid Lone, a resident of Khanpora that is at least 65km from Srinagar, when he was returning home after offering his night prayers in a local shrine.
They added that 60-year-old Rashid, a retired power development department employee, was hit in his leg. His nephew Tariq Ahmad was also accompanying him when the attack happened and received minor injuries.
Both the men were rushed to the district hospital in Baramulla.
“Tariq had minor injuries while Rashid has been hospitalised,” informed an official manning PCR Baramulla but did not specify any reason for the attack.
Police launched a search operation to track the gunmen immediately after the attack.
Locals said Rashid was a senior worker of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). They added the attacker had a pistol and fired at Rashid’s right thigh before fleeing.
Earlier this month, militants shot dead PDP leader Abdul Gani Dar amid tension and clashes between civilians and security forces in Kashmir. A grainy short video also emerged showing Wali Mohammed Bhat, a supporter of the PDP, apologising profusely and shouting anti-India slogans at gunpoint.
First Published: May 31, 2017 17:17 IST