2 foreign, one local militant involved: IGP

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday said two foreign and a local militant were involved in the attack on a police bus in the outskirts of Srinagar at Zewan that left three policemen dead and 11 others injured.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said 25 policemen were in the bus at the time of the attack which was carried by a Jaish-e-Mohammad offshoot.

“Two foreigners and a local militant  carried out Zewan attack. ..One militant got injured and his blood trail suggests that the group fled to Pampore and then to the Tral area and we are tracking them and very soon they will be neutralized,” Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of a wreath laying ceremony for the slain cops in Srinagar. We have other leads as well and will track down the group”, he added

Kumar also informed that one more policeman injured in the attack succumbed to injuries this morning.

“Yesterday evening, two policemen including an ASI succumbed to their injuries at the hospital and today morning one more policeman succumbed,” he said.

The attack on a police bus was the first major attack on security forces in the Kashmir since the Lethpora Pulwama car bombing in February 2019 that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

The IGP said the policemen foiled the weapon snatching attempt at Zewan by retaliating to the firing.

“The aim was to carryout weapon snatching but our jawans effectively retaliated and foiled their attempt,” he said while terming the attack a planned one.

The senior police officer said preventive measures would be taken to prevent such attacks n the future. (UNI)

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