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Special police officer, wife and daughter shot dead by militants in J&K’s Pulwama

Police said two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants, including a foreigner, were involved in the killing.

By: Express Web Desk | Srinagar |
Updated: June 28, 2021 2:21:15 pm
Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the assailants. (Representational Photo)

The injured daughter of the Special Police Officer (SPO) killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in a brutal attack died on Monday morning.

Fayaz Ahmad, his wife and daughter were at home when militants barged into their house and riddled them with bullets. The incident occurred at around 11 pm on Sunday.

They were rushed to a local hospital where the SPO and his wife Raja Begum succumbed to their injuries. Their daughter Rafia, who was initially shifted to a larger hospital for treatment, too died on Monday morning.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the assailants. Police said two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, including a foreigner, were involved in the killing. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said Fayaz Ahmad’s wife and daughter tried to save him but they were also fired upon by the militants.

“There is a movement of militants in this area. Two terrorists came last night, one of them from appearance seems to be an FT (foreign terrorist),” Kumar told reporters. He added, “We will soon identify and neutralise them.”

This comes barely hours after an attack at the Air Force station in Jammu. Payloads of more than 2 kg each in improvised explosive devices fitted with impact charges were dropped on the Indian Air Force Station in Jammu on Saturday night, preliminary investigations have revealed.

Sources in the security establishment said there is evidence that two drones were used in the militants attack, and that a “high grade” explosive was used.

Political parties condemn killing

Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir condemned the killing, calling it “dastardly and cowardly” and a “form of terrorism”.

“I unreservedly condemn the dastardly and cowardly militant attack on the J&K police SPO Fayaz Ahmed, his wife and his young daughter at their home last night. I pray they receive their place in Jannat and their loved ones find strength during this terrible time,” National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said no words were strong enough to condemn the cowardly attack.

“No words are strong enough to condemn the cowardly attack in Awantipora that claimed the lives of a JKP officer Fayaz Ahmad, his wife and daughter. May Allah Ta’aala grant them maghfirat and their loved ones the fortitude to bear this loss (sic),” Mufti tweeted.

Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone said the news of the killing was “extremely distressing” and called the perpetrators “thugs of violence”. “Woke up to extremely distressing news of violence. An entire family fell to bullets. No respite from these thugs of violence. May they rest in peace. May the family muster courage to bear this loss,” Lone said in a tweet.

BJP’s J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur also condemned the attack as cowardly and barbaric, saying that barging into the house of a cop and killing him and his family members is nothing but a pure form of terrorism.

“The act deserves the strongest condemnation and that those behind the act will meet the same fate. What was the fault of the innocent wife and daughter of policeman? Killing women is (in) no way bravery, but a pure cowardly attack which deserves the highest form of condemnation,” Thakur said.

With inputs from PTI

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