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Srinagar hospital attack: Captured Pakistani militant escapes, two cops killed

A high alert has been issued in the city following the escape of the foreign militant. There are reports that the militants also managed to decamp with the rifle of the injured policemen. 

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar |
Updated: February 6, 2018 7:05:43 pm
Srinagar hospital firing: Captured Pakistani militant escapes, one cop killed A high alert has been issued in the city following the escape of the foreign militant. (Express photo by Naveed Iqbal)

Two policeman were killed after suspected militants fired on a police party at a hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday. The police were accompanying some militants for a medical checkup to city’s premier hospital Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital when the attack took place. The two cops who were killed have been identified as Constable Babar Ahmad and Constable Mushtaq Ahmad.

One Pakistani militant identified as Naveed alias Abu Hanzulla managed to escape taking advantage of the firing. Soon after the firing, the police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) started the search operation in the hospital premises. All the exit and entry points towards the hospital have been sealed.

A high alert has been issued in the city following the escape of the foreign militant. There are reports that the militants also managed to decamp with the rifle of the injured policemen.

Srinagar hospital firing: Captured Pakistani militant escapes, one cop killed The attack reportedly took place in the OPD block A of the hospital (Express photo by Naveed Iqbal)

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As the police party was escorting some prisoners inside the hospital, it was attacked from point-blank range by the militants. Taking advantage, the attackers and the Pakistani militant managed to escape.

‘’The police party was attacked by militants resulting in the injuries to two policemen. One militant managed to escape during the firing,’’ a senior police officer said.

Naveed alias Abu Hanzulla was arrested from south Kashmir in 2014 and was believed to be an accomplice of the top commander, Abu Dujjana who was killed last year in an operation in south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, National Conference leaders Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah have expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of two cops. Extending his condolence to the families of the slain cops, Omar said their sacrifice won’t go in vain.

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