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Police officer, civilian die in J&K ambush

A police officer and a civilian bystander were killed and five others seriously wounded in a guerrilla ambush in J&K.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 15:55 IST

Terrorists fired upon a police party and killed a police inspector and injured two other personnel at Pampore in Pulwma district on Saturday. One civilian was also killed and another injured in the shoot out.

Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed responsibility for the attack.

An official spokesperson said that terrorists fired upon a police party at Kadal Bal in Pampore at 12.10 pm on Saturday, causing injuries to three policemen including station house officer (SHO) of local police station Manzoor Ahmad and two civilians.

Spokesperson said that the injured policemen were immediately rushed to hospital. The SHO succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital, the spokesperson. The condition of two other injured policemen is stated to be critical.

One of the two injured civilians, Jan Mohammad also succumbed to injuries while another injured person is battling for life in the hospital.

Lashkar-e-Toiba owned responsibility for the attack. A caller identifying himself as Abdullah Gaznavi, a spokesperson of the group, said that the SHO was involved in the killing of many people in Pampore, and was killed in revenge. He threatened similar action against "all those policemen, who would be found involved in anti movement activities".

Terrorists also fired upon the residential house of a Congress leader Abdul Qayoom Shah at Dachoo in Shopian, late on Friday night. The policemen guarding his house returned the fire. Terrorists ran away from the scene without causing any damage.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 15:19 IST