|CRPF jawans rush to the firing spot in Pulwama. (PTI)
Srinagar, March 3: Suspected militants killed two policemen near a court in Pulwama while another knifed a cop elsewhere in the south Kashmir district today, the twin attacks mimicking a deadly terror strike in a Pakistan court hours earlier and a Saturday carnage in China.
A police officer said two militants opened indiscriminate fire at a police vehicle near the court complex in Pulwama, critically injuring driver Farooq Mir and special police officer Mukhtar Ahmad. “Both succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital.”
The vehicle, the officer said, was ferrying food for police personnel escorting prisoners and undertrials to the court. “A policeman also suffered minor injuries but not because of bullets,” he said.
The attack triggered panic in the court as people started running for cover. “Searches were conducted in the area to nab the militants,” he said.
In the other attack, a knife-wielding suspected militant tried to slit the throat of a policeman in Pampora, a few kilometres from the site of the firing near the court. “The policeman has suffered a 3cm-deep wound in his neck and has been shifted to hospital,” the officer said.
Police sources said the assailant, cousin of a militant in the area, also tried to snatch the rifle of the injured jawan but was overpowered and arrested by other policemen standing nearby.
The two attacks resembled terror strikes that have rocked Pakistan and China, but police sources said it would be premature to comment if the violence in the neighbouring countries inspired the assailants in Kashmir.
In the deadliest attack in Islamabad in years, militants stormed a court this morning, killing 11 persons. In China, masked men wielding knives had killed 33 people and injured 130 at Kunming railway station on Saturday.