Unidentified gunmen strike twice in six hours, injure two

Gunmen struck in Sopore town of north Kashmir. Police have cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt. No arrests have been made so far.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 18:24 PM IST

Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen on Thursday
struck twice in a span of six hours in Sopore town of north
Kashmir, injuring two civilians, officials said.

In the first attack, 33-year-old Majid Bashir was shot
at by the gunmen at around 10.00 am inside his shop in the
town, 52 kms from here, in Baramulla district, they said.

Officials said Bashir was hit in the left thigh by the
bullets fired by the assailants, who fled from the spot soon
after the incident.

Police cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt,
they said, adding, so far no arrest has been made in
connection with the incident.

The second attack took place at around 4.00 pm, when
gunmen fired at 27-year-old Arif Hussain Reshi at a cigarette
shop in Sopore market.

Officials said Reshi, an employee at the state public
Health Engineering Department, was hit by the bullet in the
left foot. He was rushed to nearby sub-district hospital for
treatment.

No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the
attacks so far.

The attacks come less than a fortnight after two
sisters were killed by suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in
Muslim Peer area of the town.

PTI