SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday issued the following statement regarding Sopore attack saying that today at about 0740 hours, militants, fired indiscriminately upon a joint party of Police and CRPF from the attic of a nearby mosque near Nowpora crossing Model Town Sopore.
A police spokesman in a statement said, “ In this attack, 04 CRPF personnel and a civilian got injured. Among injured, 01 CRPF Personnel and the civilian succumbed to their injuries. The civilian has been identified as Bashir Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan resident of Mustafa Colony HMT Srinagar.”
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the militants were hiding in a mosque and as the joint party were de-boarding the vehicles for Naka duty, they were fired upon indiscriminately by the hiding militants,” he said.
He said that pertinent to mention that, the slain civilian who was accompanied by his 3 year grandchild were passing through the area when the militants fired indiscriminately. Four CRPF jawans and the civilian were hit by bullets, fired indiscriminately by militants.
“The said civilian and crpf personnel received bullet of militants initially before our retaliation. Hiding militants escaped from the mosque and our parties followed them and retaliated. However, the minor boy was rescued by the police/crpf,” he added.
A police spokesman said, “Credible input indicates that 02 LeT militants, Osman, a foreigner and Nasir are involved in the said attack on the joint party.”
“Regarding the incident case under relevant sections of law was registered by police and investigation is in progress. The officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this crime. Area has been cordoned and searches in the area is going on,” said a police spokesman in a statement.