Policeman killed, 7 injured in militant attack in India-controlled Kashmir

08:32, June 22, 2010      

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An Indian policeman was killed and seven people, including five civilians, were injured Monday when militants attacked a police and Indian Army posts by firing grenades and initiating a gunfight, police said.

The attacks took place in Sopore locality, around 55 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

The gunfight between the holed-up militants and troops is going on in a residential colony. Police is also assisting the troops.

"We have lost a policemen and firing is underway in the area," said Altaf Ahmad Khan, Superintendent of Police in Sopore.

The area has been cordoned and heavy exchange of fire is going on from both sides. Locals said they have fled to safer places.

"Heavily armed militants this morning fired grenades with rifle first on an Indian Police post guarding a bank, where two policemen were injured. Then they ran towards a Indian Army post close to a telephone office and fired grenades, where five civilians were injured. The militants later tried to escape in the residential area, however during the cordon of the area, they fired on the troops and thereby triggering a gunfight," said a police official posted in the town.

The injured have been hospitalized and are undergoing treatment, said police.

Source: Xinhua


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