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Militants attack police post, loot weapons in Pulwama

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 16:06

Srinagar: Militants stormed a police post set
up for protection of a minority community and looted five
rifles in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

A group of heavily armed militants stormed the police
post at Midoora in Tral belt, 40 km from here, Tuesday night and
overpowered the policemen, official sources said today.

They said the ultras ran away with five rifles -- three
Insas and two SLRs -- along with some ammunition.

Two policemen present at the time of the attack were left
unharmed, they said. Three other policemen posted at the
picket had reportedly gone home unauthorisedly.

Soon after the incident, senior police officers rushed to
the scene and a massive hunt was launched to nab the militants
and recover the looted weapons, the sources said.

"All five policemen have been placed under suspension and
a departmental inquiry ordered," the sources said.

This is the first such incident in the last several years
in the valley.

The police picket in Midoora was established over a
decade ago for protection of Kashmiri Pandits living in the
village, the sources said.


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 16:06
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