Sunday, January 3, 2010

2 BSF Men Shot In Soura


After sudden appearances in Sopore, militants struck in Srinagar today, critically injuring two BSF men in an armed attack in Soura.
The attack, the first in the new year, came even as the city remained under a security alert following militant strikes in Sopore and elsewhere in the valley.
Reports said that suspected militants opened fire on two BSF men at a close range when the latter were withdrawing cash from an ATM booth in the area.
The injured personnel, head constable Saifuddin Ahmad and constable Dhamendra Singh, were rushed to the SKIMS by the police and the paramilitary men deployed in the area, and are reported to be in a critical condition.
A police officer said that armed persons had struck without warning in Soura outskirts and injured two BSF personnel by opening fire at a close range.
Heavy contingents of the police and the paramilitary forces were rushed to the area following the attack to seal off the locality for searches.
The senior superintendent of the police (SS) for Srinagar, Javed Reyaz Bedar, said that the two personnel had come to the SKIMS for treatment, and had gone to the ATM to draw cash when they were attacked.
The SSP said that a policeman had opened retaliatory fire but that the force had exercised restraint in view of the heavy crowd.
Security in the city has been heightened further in the wake of the attack, with intensified checking of vehicles and frisking of pedestrians being taken in hand afresh.
In view of the series of attacks in Sopore in the recent past, and the sudden strike in Srinagar, intelligence agencies fear that militants had adopted a new strategy of carrying out guerrilla strikes in busy areas and getting away in the thick of the crowd.

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