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In the first militancy attack case of 2014, suspected militants attacked a STF vehicle Tuesday in north Kashmir’s Sopore town. The attack left four cops critically injured. An Assistant Sub Inspector of counter-insurgency Special Operations Group (SOG)  who was critically injured succumbed to his injuries at Army hospital Srinagar. Kashmir Life’s Bilal Bahadur reached to the spot to capture what happened after. Captioned by Tasavur Mushtaq:

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On Spot: Joint group of police and RR along with sniffing dogs reached to the spot. All the entry and exit points leading towards Chanakhan were sealed and the identity cards of the people were thoroughly checked. Before resorting to firing, the militants according to police official hurled a grenade on the SOG party.

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Red Alert: Police sources said that SOG personnel had received inputs about the presence of militants in a house at Chanakhan Sopore. Reports said that SOG personnel informed 52 RR about the development and left for the area in a Sumo vehicle in plain clothes.

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Town Seized: Reports said that during the time of incident Army personnel from 52 RR were not present as they were on way. After the incident huge contingent of police and Para military forces reached to the spot.

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 Irreparable Loss: Relative of ASI Kafeel Ahmad wailing.  Police rejected the claims that attack was carried out on the pattern of ‘Haigam’ Sopore. Dy SP Sopore Mushtaq Ahmed told CNS, “ “A dreaded LeT militant Muzafar Molvi was hiding in the house of one Muhammad Saleem Dar. Dar, a former militant had been already arrested by police for his involvement in different militancy related activities. As the SOG personnel reached in the area, militants fired upon the party leaving 4 SOG personnel injured.”

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Broken Down: Relatives of ASI Kafeel Ahmad trying to console eachother. Kafeel is survived by two children,, wife and aged mother.  Unconfirmed reports said that militants decamped with the rifle of the deceased SOG personnel Kafeel Ahmed (SPR-43). However, SP Sopore Abdul Qayoom is quoted to have said that “he has no information about it.”

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Bidding Adieu: Senior Police cops shouldering the coffin of ASI Kafeel Ahmad, a resident of Keranin Srinagar’s police control room. Police official said that militants hidden in a house at Chanakhan Sopore resorted to indiscriminate firing and killed an Assistant Sub-Inspector of SOG while leaving three other personnel injured.

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Guard Of Honour: A wreath laying function was organized for slain ASI Kafeel Ahmad. Policemen fired in air to pay homage to Kafeel. Among others the Inspector General of Police Kashmir, A G Mir, DIG CRPF K M Yadav, DIG CRPF Jai Prakash, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah, SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar were present on the occasion.


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