Srinagar, Dec 13: Police on Monday said that the fatal attack on a bus of armed forces personnel at Zeewan Srinagar was carried out by three militants of Kashmir Tigers, “an offshoot” of Jash-e-Mohammad.
“Today at about 1800 hours, (militants) fired indiscriminately upon a police vehicle near Zewan Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. Senior police officers along with reinforcement reached at the spot,” a police spokesman said in a statement issued here.
‘Preliminary investigation has revealed that three (militants) had fired indiscriminately upon a police vehicle carrying police personnel of 9th Battalion near Zewan Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar,” he said, adding, “The police party were coming back to their campus after finishing their duties.”
Although the fire was retaliated, he said, militants however taking advantage of darkness managed to escape from the spot.
“In this incident 14 police personnel were injured and were shifted to hospital for treatment. Among the injured personnel, ASI Ghulam Hassan and SgCT Safique Ali succumbed to their injuries, whereas the condition of other injured personnel is stated to be stable.”
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar paid rich tributes to two policemen killed. “Credible sources revealed that the attack was carried by Kashmir Tigers, an offshoot of JeM,” he said, adding, “ In the retaliatory firing, one of the militants got injured and the group involved in this attack will be soon brought to justice.”
Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and officers continue to work to establish the circumstances which lead to this incident, he said. “Area has been cordoned off and search in the area is going on.”