Two LeT Militants Carried Out Srinagar Attack, Identified: IGP Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range Vijay Kumar said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants including a local carried out the attack in which two policemen were killed at Baghat area of Barzulla in Srinagar on Friday and that both attackers have been identified.

Senior police officers carry the coffin of slain cop Sohail Ahmad of Ashmuqam area of Anantnag on Friday, February 19, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath laying ceremony of two slain cops at DPL Srinagar, the IGP said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants including a foreign militant and a local who has been identified as Saqib, carried out the Baghat attack.

“The two policemen were on a routine duty and were at a shop to buy something. They were fired from the back. They were totally unarmed,” IGP Kumar said as per news agency KNO.

He said that both the attackers will be tracked down soon. “Doctors at the hospital tried their best to save the two injured cops but couldn’t,” the IGP said adding that the incident will help the cops to work with more dedication and take extra precautions. “We will go for a security review and plug the loopholes. Had the policemen with weapons, perhaps they would have retaliated,” the IGP said.

Asked if a civilian has been detained at the Baghat area, the Kashmir police chief said that nobody has been detained or arrested. “Maybe someone has been detained for routine questioning,” he said and paid rich tributes to the slain cops Suhail Ahmed and Muhammad Yousuf, residents of Ashmuqam, Anantnag and Zurhama, Kupwara.

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