Jammu: In a first major strike by separatist guerrillas after the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government took office in Jammu and Kashmir, a group of unidentified terrorists attacked a police party in the Srinagar city, killing three policemen on Monday.
Dreaded terrorist outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) has claimed responsibility for terror attacks in which 3 cops were martyred today. A spokesman of group told a Srinagar based news agency that its members have carried out attacks in the city.
A high alert has also been sounded across the Line of Control and the Army has stepped up vigil in view of intelligence inputs of Pakistan-backed terrorists waiting to slip into the Indian side.
According to reports, a group of heavily armed terrorists first attacked a police party at Zadibal Police Station in Srinagar, killing two policemen.
ASI Nazeer Ahmed and Constable Basheer Ahmed were killed in the attack, report said.
One policeman also sustained injuries in the attack.
Two policemen, including a junior level officer, were killed by separatist guerrillas in a hit and run attack in summer capital Srinagar, said a police officer.
"Motorcycle borne militants attacked a 'Naka' (checking) party near the mills in Zadibal area of Srinagar city today,'' the officer said.
"When the motorcycle borne militants were signalled to stop, they fired at the police party resulting in the death of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a constable.
"The militants fled after carrying out the attack. A high alert has been sounded in the city to nab the assassins."
Army, police and other agencies are fully prepared,won't let these terrorists succeed, Satish Dua, G-O-C 15 Corps said on terror attacks in Srinagar
Unfortunate. Want to assure that Army, police and CRPF are ready to face such threats, Dua said.
Heavy reinforcement has been sent to the attack sites and the entire area has been cordoned off.
A massive manhunt has also been launched for the militants after the attack in Zadibal and Tengpora in the old part of the city.
Government sources say the attacks were designed to scare tourists away in peak travel season for the Kashmir Valley. Officials, however, say that the areas targeted are not tourist sites.