In another attack on police in Kashmir, a policeman was killed and his young daughter injured when suspected militants opened fire on them on the outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday.
Official figures reveal that seven policemen have been killed in the valley since January of this year.
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According to the police, on Tuesday afternoon, gunmen shot a policeman named Saifullah Qadri, in the Anshar neighborhood of Surah. Kadri was with his daughter when he was attacked. Both were transferred to Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), in Srinagar, where Qadri surrendered. Police sources said that his daughter, who was injured by her hand, is stable.
“A terrorist shot Policeman Seifullah Qadri S./or Muhammad Syed Qadri/Malik Saab in Tyre (Anshar) area. He was seriously injured. His daughter was also injured,” the police said in a tweet immediately after shouting.
And they added in a subsequent tweet: “The injured policemen were martyred. We commend the martyr and stand by the family at this crucial stage.”
This is the second policeman killed in less than two weeks. On May 13, policeman Riaz Ahmed Tokar was shot and killed by armed men in his village of Godora in Pulwama in south Kashmir.
Over the past few months, targeted militant attacks on police, especially on off-duty employees who are on leave, have increased. The militants had shifted the focus to policemen in 2021. While 42 members of the security forces were killed last year, half of them – 21 – belonged to the Jammu and Kashmir police.