Four policemen were killed in a terrorist attack in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday. They were escorts of the DSP headquarters, Shopian, said the police, adding that the attack took place in Bongam area of the district.
The four policemen suffered bullet wounds and were rushed to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to the injuries, said the police. The four are Javed Ahmad, Muhammad Iqbal, Adil and Ishfaq.
The bodies have been shifted to the district police lines where senior officers will pay tributes.
The escort party had gone to the area to fetch a police vehicle that had developed some snag when the attack took place.
Reports said the terrorists decamped with the rifles of the slain policemen.
In a separate encounter earlier in the day, security forces killed one of the longest surviving A++ category terrorist of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit along with his accomplice.
In a major success, the security forces gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen commander Altaf Kachroo and his aide in the encounter that took place in the Munawara area of Khanabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir in the early hours of Wednesday.
Confirming this, IGP Kashmir Range SP Pani said the security forces on the basis of intelligence inputs cordoned off the house where the most wanted HM commander was hiding.
Kachroo was the divisional commander of HM and belonged to Redwani in Kulgam district.
Kachroo had been active for the last about 15 years and was involved in brutality on civilians and attacking Army, police and security forces personnel. He was instrumental in triggering violence during 2016 in the Kashmir valley.