Two armed policemen were killed and 12 others suffered injuries when pro-freedom militants carried out a deadly attack on a bus carrying Jammu and Kashmir on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.
The bus came under fire from militants in Zewan in the Pantha Chowk area this evening, police officials said.
They said at least 14 policemen sustained injuries in the attack. The injured were evacuated to various hospitals where two of them died.
The deceased included an assistant sub-inspector of the armed police.
The area has been cordoned off and a search operation launched to track down the assailants, the officials said, adding that further details are awaited.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the firing on the police bus which came on the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi.
On December 13 in 2001, terrorists attacked the Parliament complex and opened fire, killing nine people. All five terrorists were shot dead.
Police officials said that the vehicle was coming from an armed police complex in Zewan towards Pantha Chowk. The bus ferrying policemen suffered immense damage while bloodstains were visible on the seats and bullet marks from all sides, especially the front portion as suggested by the pictures viral on social media.
A police source said that at least three injured policemen are critical who are being treated at army base hospital at Badamibagh, Srinagar while others are stable.
Witnesses said that the traffic remained disrupted for almost an hour on the Zewan-Panthachowk-Khonmoh road and was later restored after the police bus that was attacked was removed from the scene.
Police sources said that the Zewan attack is this year’s deadliest attack by militants.