3 Cops killed, 2 injured in three attacks in 4 hours

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Police imageThree policemen were killed and another critically injured today in Jammu and Kashmir, in three separate attacks by terrorists within a span of four hours. The fresh violence has erupted in Jammu and Kashmir as three separate attacks rocked the state in three hours on Monday. Reports said the policemen were ambushed at Amchipora area when they were returning from a village in Shopian in the Kashmir valley where they had gone to investigate a land dispute. The police said five terrorists dressed in army fatigues stopped the vehicle and let two civilians go before they opened fire on the policemen, killing them instantly. The slain cops posted at Police Station Shopian have been identified as Head Constable Mushtaq Ahmed, a resident of Arigam, Constable Shabir Ahmed of Leh Ladakh and Constable Nisar Ahmed of Sopore. Soon after the incident, police, SOG and Army personnel from 44 Rashtriya Rifles arrived on the spot and launched a hunt to trace the militants. The slain policemen were unarmed and had gone to the village for investigating a crime when terrorists opened fire on them. “They were investigating a land dispute between two families. It”s an act of cowardice and we will definitely track down the killers,” said Javid Gilani, senior police officer. Hours earlier, terrorists had shot at a police officer inside a bus in at Hygam in Baramulla district. The police said the terrorists, on spotting the officer, first tried to hijack the bus heading for Pattan. They later abandoned the plan and fired at and injured the police officer by two pistols in a bus before escaping when the bus stopped in a traffic jam. The officer, Ghulam Mustafa of IRP 3rd Battalion, was critically injured and is in hospital. Police sources told that Sub-Inspector Ghulam Mustafa was travelling in a passenger bus (JK03-7837) on way to Baramulla from Srinagar when the suspected militants present in the bus fired upon him. “The cop pretended to be dead inside the bus. The militants who were wearing track suits hijacked the bus after firing upon the cop. The incident occurred at Mirgund and militants alighted from the bus near Chhur village some 17 kilometers away from the spot of incident and during this time the militants directed all the passengers to switch off their mobiles and maintain silence. The suspected militants also directed the driver of the bus to keep on moving towards his destination and refrain from stopping anywhere,” a police official said. SDPO Pattan Mir Iqbal said that a case vide FIR number 52/2015 under section 307 RPC and 7/25 Arms Act has been registered and the inquiry is going on. The third attack took place in Tral township of Pulwama district in south of Kashmir where terrorists fired at a civilian. Rafiq Ahmad Bhat, a former militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, was shot at and critically injured by unidentified gunmen in the town, police said. Rafiq Ahmed Bhat alias Rafiq Dada son of Ghulam Mohiuddin a resident of Tral according to police was a former militant and presently a vegetable seller was injured after militant fired upon him. Reports said that Rafiq has been hospitalized and is out of danger. A police official said that Rafiq was involved in several militancy related incidents and recently he was booked in an extortion case. The spurt in attacks coincide with an alert in Delhi after intelligence warnings of the possibility of a suicide attack along the lines of last month”s attempted ambush on an army camp in Samba by the Jaish-e-Mohammed, based in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Home Ministry officials said Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and that country”s Army have directed the militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir not to carry out attacks on civilians but to target security forces, leading to spurt in casualties among men in uniform,. Officials said the killing of three policemen by militants today in Kashmir valley was a clear indication about the plans of the Pakistan-sponsored groups. Quoting intelligence inputs, the officials said the directive of ISI and Pakistan Army to terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came following international pressure as global powers have joined hands against terrorists violence on innocent civilians. Intelligence agencies say the attacks suggest that a number of Jaish-e-Mohammed members have crossed the border into India in the last few days. Condemning the incident, former chief minister and National Conference said, “Grim reminder of the challenges in Kashmir, while we celebrate the colours of spring and try to attract tourists, three brave policemen are killed.” (with inputs from PTI, CNS)

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