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Militants attack police station in Kashmir; 2 killed

By Mukhtar Ahmad
Last updated on: January 15, 2010 14:58 IST
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One policemen and one civilian were killed in indiscriminate firing by militants, who hurled a powerful hand grenade at a heavily guarded police station, in north Kashmir's Sopore town on Friday. Three policemen and three civilians were also injured in the attack.


The militants first lobbed a grenade towards the police station, which exploded at the entrance, said the police.


"A local Congress worker, identified as Mohammad Latief Mirchal, was wounded in the explosion. Attending doctors at the local hospital referred him to Srinagar for specialised treatment," a senior police officer said.


Minutes after the explosion, while the security forces were searching the surrounding area, militants opened indiscriminate fire at them from a nearby lane. Three guards, the driver of the area superintendent of police and three civilians were injured in the firing.


"The injured cops and civilians were taken to the local sub-district hospital for treatment," the officer said. A policeman and a civilian succumbed to their injuries later.


Reinforcements have been rushed to the area where firing has now stopped, he said.


"The area around the police station building has been cordoned off for searches," he added.


Tension gripped Sopore town in the aftermath of the violence, where shopkeepers downed their shutters and pedestrians ran for cover.


No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.


Image: A policeman stands guard outside an ambulance carrying the victims of the attack on a police station in Sopore | Photograph: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters

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