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Zewan militant attack toll mounts, another policeman dies: all you need to know

The death toll in the militant attack on a police bus in Jammu and Kashmir rose to three on Tuesday after an injured constable succumbed to injuries, officials said.  

Constable Rameez Ahmad of the 9th Battalion, Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, succumbed to injuries at the Army’s 92 Base hospital, the officials said. 

Little-known outfit Kashmir Tigers, which the police believe to be the front of Jaish-e-Mohammad, carried out the attack on the police bus at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Monday. 

Assistant Sub Inspector Ghulam Hassan and Constable  Shafeeq Ali were killed while 12 others including Rameez sustained injuries.

The attack was carried out on the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi. 

The attack on a police bus was pre-planned as the armed police team was returning to camp at the same time it usually did after performing routine duties, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

Inspector-General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar was speaking to reporters at the wreath-laying ceremony for one of the slain policemen. 

“The bus carrying 25 policemen was returning to the camp, as per routine, when three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad opened fire on the vehicle,” he said.

“This was a planned attack. They must have conducted recce and seen that the bus is coming back every day in routine after getting off duty,” the officer said.

Kumar said that while one of the assailants was a local, two others were foreign militants.

The IGP lauded the police personnel, saying they retaliated and ensured that the militants did not succeed in snatching the weapons.

“One of the militants was injured in the retaliatory fire and blood trail could be seen for quite some distance… They escaped towards Khrew. We are working on it, ” he added. 

Kumar said the militants took advantage of darkness as the road leading to the police camp at Zewan was not well lit and the road opening party of the forces had left for the day.  “We are taking all precautionary measures, including installation of lights on the road,” he added.

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