Two BSF personnel killed in Pandach militant attack

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SRINAGAR — Suspected militants on Wednesday attacked a party of Border Security Force (BSF) post in Srinagar outskirts, resulting in the death of two BSF personnel.

The incident occurred at Bignibal area which lies between Srinagar outskirts and Ganderbal. Sources said that bike-borne militants fired indiscriminately upon BSF personnel and after the assault, fled from the spot.

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Sources said that both these personnel were shifted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura for treatment.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said that one was brought dead while another succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. He said both the slain BSF personnel were affiliated with 37 Battalion BSF.

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“Two BSF personnel were brought here. One was brought dead another died in the hospital. One was 35 years old while the other was 36,” Dr Jan said.

The area was brought under siege and a search operation was launched to nab the assailants.

A police official said that at 5:25 PM on Wednesday, militants fired upon the routine day duty of C-Company 37 Battalion BSF party at Pethpora Pandach that falls under the jurisdiction of police station Soura Srinagar. Due to the attack, two BSF personnel got critically injured and succumbed to their injuries at SKIMS Soura.

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He identified the slain BSF personnel as Rana Mandal (36) and Ziaulhaq (35).

Reliable sources said that militants also snatched the service rifles of these slain BSF personnel.

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