Civilian dies in Kashmir militant attack

Srinagar, March 24 (IANS) A civilian was killed and a policeman critically injured Sunday when militants opened fire at two police vehicles caught in a traffic jam in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town.

Abdul Rashid Dar of Rafiabad in Sopore, who was critically injured in the attack at Iqbal Market, later succumbed to injuries, a police officer told IANS.

Superintendent of Police Syed Imtiyaz Hussain told IANS from Sopore that the incident happened when the vehicles were in a jam.

While the policemen were clearing the jam, militants fired at them. One constable and a civilian were critically injured, he said.

“Police did not retaliate as the market was crowded and retaliatory firing by police could have resulted in civilian casualties,” Hussain said.

The attackers escaped with the injured constable’s weapon.

Last week, militants fired at a Border Security Force vehicle in Srinagar, leaving one trooper dead and two others injured.