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Suspected militants kill police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir

(Xinhua)

14:39, April 20, 2012

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Suspected militants Friday killed a junior level police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The attack was carried out Friday morning in Safakadal locality of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Suspected militants shot and critically wounded an assistant sub inspector (ASI) of police in Safakadal locality this morning," said a police official. "Though he was immediately moved to hospital but he succumbed to his wounds there."

Police spokesman identified the slain ASI of police as Sukhpal Singh.

The shootout created panic in the locality.

"We heard the sound of bullet shots and everyone started running to safer place," said Shabir Ahmad, a shopkeeper. "Soon after we found the policeman lying on the road in a pool of blood. "

According to police, Singh was in the market place on routine duty.

"He was on routine duty in the market at the time of attack," said a senior police officer. "The militants are resorting to such acts to show their presence."

Reports said the contingents of police and paramilitary troopers were rushed to the spot and a manhunt was launched to trace the assailants.

So far, no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants occasionally target police and paramilitary troopers in the region and a guerrilla war has been going on between militants and Indian troopers since 1989. Indian policemen have also been trained to fight them.

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