At least six policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO), were killed when terrorists attacked a police party in Achabal area of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday. Terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is believed to be behind the attack, a senior police official said.
Director General of Police SP Vaid told PTI that the policemen were on their routine round in a jeep when they were attacked by the terrorists who began firing indiscriminately at the police party. SHO Firoz Dar was among the six policemen who died in the attack. He was a resident of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The senior police official told the nes agency that LeT could have attacked the police party to avenge the death of its local commander Junaid Mattoo, who was killed by the security forces in an encounter in Arwani village in Anantnag earlier on Friday. The bodies of Mattoo and another terrorist who was killed in the encounter has not been recovered yet.
Earlier on Friday, two terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Mattoo, were killed in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Arwani village of Anantnag's Bijbehara town. A 22-year-old civilian was also killed when forces opened fire on protesters while the encounter was underway. Search and combing operations are still going on in the village.
On Friday morning, the Pakistan Army had also resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector. A 34-year-old soldier, Bakhtawar Singh, was killed in the cross-firing.