The two policemen killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital on Monday were unarmed and regulating traffic when they were attacked.
“The two policemen were unarmed and regulating traffic during the peak hour when they were attacked by motorcycle-borne assailants”, a senior police officer said here.
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a constable were killed near the mills in Zadibal area of old city Srinagar on Monday morning.
Local police has been assigned the duties of assisting the traffic police to regulate traffic in Srinagar during rush hour and this has helped decongest most of the roads in the city.
Barely an hour after they killed two policemen in Zadibal area, militants struck again in Tengpora by-pass area where they killed another policeman and snatched his service rifle.
The Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
“Militants fired at the personal security guard of a protected person in Tengpora area of Srinagar city,” a senior police officer said.
“The injured policeman later succumbed to bullet injuries. The militants also snatched the service rifle of the policeman,” the officer added.
Hizbul Mujahideen spokesperson Burhanuddin called a local news agency and claimed responsibility for both the attacks.