Srinagar: Five policemen and two private security guards were Monday killed in Kulgam attack when militants opened fire upon a vehicle of JK Bank in Pombai area in the district. The militants also decamped with the service rifles of the slain cops, police said.
Quoting police officials, KNS correspondent Zahoor Andrabi, said that militants camouflaged in forces uniform stopped the cash van of JK Bank and fired indiscriminately upon the vehicle. “Following the attack, the suspected militants decamped with their services rifles,” the police official said.
Police and security forces launched search operation to nab attackers, the official said.
The officials identified the slain policemen as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Bashir Ahmad Dar (100/GRP), son of Abdul Gani Dar, resident of Bonigam Qazigund, Farooq Ahmad Bhat (No. 332/KGM), son of Abdul Aziz, resident of Nehama D.H.Pora, Mohammad Qasim (No. 638/KGM), son of Bohu Khan, resident of Awoora Trehgam Kupwara, Muzafar Ahmad (No. 1090/KGM), son of Gul Mohammad Bhat, resident of Y.K.Pora Qazigund and Ishfaq Ahmad Hajam (No. 745/KGM), son of Abdul Ahad Hajam, resident of Zakoora Batpora Srinagar.
The official identified the two Security Guards of J&K Bank as Javaid Ahmad Bhat, resident of Vessu Batpora Kulgam and Muzafar Ahmad Laway, resident of Largoo D.H. Pora Kulgam.
Meanwhile, a bank official said that no bank official was killed in the Kulgam attack. He said that the security guards, who were killed in the attack were working for a private security company. He added that the van was coming back from DH Pora towards Kulgam town after depositing cash in local bank branches there.
The correspondent informed that the incident created chaos in the village. All the shops and other business establishments were closed in the village following the incident.
Meanwhile, JK Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmad expressed grief over the killing of security personnel guarding the bank’s cash van.
“We at J&K Bank are pained over the killings of these security personnel who were on way back to Kulgam after delivering cash remittance at the Bank’s Manzgam, Aharbal branch. My heartfelt condolences and deep sympathies are with the bereaved families,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed the responsibility of the attack.
Hizb operational spokesman Burhan-u-din in a tele-statement said that the militants of the outfit attacked the “forces party” in Kulgam and decamped with four rifles after the attack.
The spokesman said that field operational commander, Mehmood Ghaznawi, congratulated and announced reward for the militants. (KNS)