Policeman killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir militant attack

A policeman was killed and another wounded Thursday in a militant attack in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The policemen were attacked at Prichoo area of Pulwama town, about 32 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

“Militants today fired upon a joint party of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Prichoo here. Two policemen were wounded in the attack. However, one of them succumbed to his wounds,” a police official posted in Pulwama said.

According to officials, following the attack policemen were removed to the nearest hospital, from where one was rushed to Srinagar for specialised treatment.

Reports said following the attack militants managed to escape. However additional contingents were rushed to the spot to trace the assailants.

Two border guards belonging to Border Security Force (BSF) were killed in a similar attack Wednesday in Pandach Chowk on the outskirts of Srinagar. Militants reportedly snatched service rifles of the two slain BSF personnel following the attack.

So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility of the attacks.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.