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Civilian, ASI killed in twin attacks in Kashmir
 
Srinagar, A police officer and a civilian were killed in in two separate attacks in Kashmir on Wednesday evening, Police said.

The first attack took place in Srinagar’s old city in which a civilian was targeted. Police said a civilian identified as Rouf Ahmad Khan, a resident of Merjanpora Safakadal was shot near his house at about 5.25 pm.

“ Unidentified terrorists fired upon a civilian Rouf Ahmad Khan who received grievous gunshot injuries in this terror incident and was immediately evacuated to nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries,” a police officer said.

Senior security officials rushed to the spot and the area was cordoned to trace the attackers.

Almost half an hour later an Assistant Sub Inspector of J&K Police was shot at in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Police said ASI Mohammad Ashraf, a resident of Awantipora was shot at near Police Station Bijbehara.

“In this terror crime incident, he received gunshot injuries and was immediately shifted to hospital for the treatment of his injuries, however he succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom,” a police spokesman said. “We pay our rich tributes to the martyr who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and stand by his family at this critical juncture.”

The spokesman said police have registered cases regarding both the two incidents and investigation is in progress. “Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances leading to these terror crimes,” he said

There have been a series of attacks on policemen in Kashmir this month. Six policemen have been killed in three attacks.

On December 10, two policemen were killed in a militant attack at Gulshan Chowk of Bandipora in north Kashmir.

Three days later on December 13, three cops were killed and a dozen others were injured when militants opened fire on a police bus at Zewan on Srinagar outskirts.

The latest killings have triggered widespread condemnation from government and mainstream parties.

J&K Lt Gov Manoj Sinha said, “The terrorists and their handlers responsible for these killings will be brought to justice soon.”

“Deeply saddened by the barbaric and cowardly terrorist act in Srinagar and Anantnag. I strongly condemn this heinous attack on civilian Rouf Ahmad & JKP officer Mohd Ashraf. The terrorists and their handlers responsible for these killings will be brought to justice soon,” office of LG tweeted.

“Such barbaric terror act will not succeed in undermining J&K's development journey. Deepest & heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. Govt stands with the families & friends at this difficult time.”

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in her reaction said there was no end in sight to this bloodshed. “No end in sight to this cycle of bloodshed & violence in Kashmir. Deepest condolences to their families. Allah (SWT) jannat naseeb karein. Ameen,” She tweeted.

“..I unreservedly condemn these two attacks & send my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives today,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted.

Peoples Conference President Sajad Lone condoled the killings.

BJP J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur while condemning the killing of ASI said “it was an act of frustration and that militants are feeling frustrated and attacking unarmed policemen.”

Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari termed such attacks as highly reprehensible while saying that radical forces have only added to the woes of the people in J&K.

“Violence in any of its manifestations is always unacceptable and will yield nothing except for further death and destruction. The vicious cycle of death has caused much loss to human lives in J&K while devastating the socio-economic conditions of the people during the last over three decades. It is high time for such incidents to be stopped now” he said.


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