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Detainee in Tral snatches cop’s gun, injures him

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Srinagar: A police constable was injured in firing in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Wednesday.

Constable Amjid Khan, posted at Special Operations Group (SOG) camp in Tral, was brought to SMHS Hospital here with firearm injury in the abdomen, the officials said.

They said preliminary investigation has revealed that the Khan suffered injuries when a suspect, who was being questioned inside the SOG camp, snatched the rifle of the policeman and opened fire on him.

Later the suspect, who was identified as Mohammad Amin Malik of Nagbal Tral, locked himself inside a room and even fired a few rounds from there, an official said.

Police also brought Malik’s family to the SOG camp to persuade him to surrender, an official said.

He said efforts are underway to persuade him to surrender adding his mother and other family members have been brought to convince him.

However, he refused the offer and started firing towards the positions of the security forces, who retaliated, officials added.

Sources said that Malik’s brother was a militant who was killed in a gunfight in 2019.

Earlier, Malik had surrendered before security forces on May 30 along with a 12 bore rifle, the officials said.

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