A terrorist gunned down two unarmed policemen in broad daylight in an upmarket Srinagar area, an incident witnessed by several people and captured on CCTV cameras, two days after a similar shooting targeting the son of the owner of a city eatery.
The two policemen were on duty at Baghat on the high-security airport road when they were attacked. The terrorist, identified as Saqib, can be seen pulling out an assault rifle hidden inside his ‘pheran’, a loose over-garment worn during winters, and pumping bullets at them at close range.
The attacker can be seen fleeing from the spot as people scatter around in horror. “We have identified the terrorist and we will soon catch hold of him,” director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbagh Singh said. The two policemen were rushed to SMHS hospital. Constable Suhail was the first one to succumb while his colleague, constable Mohammed Yusuf, lost the battle of life as he was being wheeled into the operation theatre, police said. Immediately after the incident, police teams rushed to the area and took into their possession recordings from CCTVs installed by shops and houses. This led them to identify the terrorist as Saquib from Barzulla area in the city. His affiliations were not immediately known. This is the second attack in the city in three days.
Just a day earlier, a 24-member delegation of envoys from various countries visited J&K on Wednesday to assess the ground situation in the union territory.