Srinagar: Pakistan-supported terrorists tonight attacked a bus carrying policemen on the outskirts of Srinagar, killing 2 of them and injuring at least 12 others.
The incident, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of terror attack on Parliament, took place in Zewan area of Pantha Chowk.
Terrorists opened fire at the police bus carrying personnel of the 9th Battalion of J&K Police’s armed battalion when it was passing through the area.
#Terrorists fired upon a police vehicle near Zewan in Pantha Chowk area of #Srinagar. 14 personnel #injured in the attack. All the injured personnel evacuated to hospital. Area cordoned off…,” the Kashmir Zone Police tweeted soon after the incident.
Updating the information later, the police said in another tweet that two of the injured succumbed to their injuries.
One of the slain was an Assistant Sub Inspector and another was a Constable.
A massive hunt has been launched by the security agencies to trace the attackers believed two be two in number.
The attack coincided with the 20th anniversary of attack on Parliament by 5 Pakistani terrorists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency inaugurating various projects, sought details on the incident while expressing condolences to the families of the deceased, according to the PMO.
“PM @narendramodi has sought details on the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. He has also expressed condolences to the families of those security personnel who have been martyred in the attack,” the PMO tweeted.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said the government will ensure punishment to the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack on J&K Police bus in Srinagar. My homage to our brave martyred police personnel. We are committed to ensure that perpetrators are punished. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” Sinha tweeeted.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi also condemned the terror attack and expressed condolences to the bereaved families.
“The entire nation in one voice strongly condemns the cowardly designs of the terrorists,” she said.
PDP leader and former Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “Terribly sad to hear about the Srinagar attack in which two policemen were killed. GOIs false narrative of normalcy in Kashmir stands exposed yet there has been no course correction. My condolences to the bereaved families.”
National Conference leader and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Terrible news of a terror attack on a police bus on the outskirts of Srinagar. I unequivocally condemn this attack while at the same time send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers for the injured.”
The attack on police bus took place hours after two terrorists were killed in a brief encounter with security forces in Rangreth area on the outskirts of Srinagar.
The terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit, killed in the “chance encounter”, included a foreigner, suspected to be a Pakistani national.