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Have got initial clues about Bandipora attack, identifying those involved: DGP

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Says militants looking for soft targets to create disturbance

Srinagar: Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh on Saturday claimed to have got clues about yesterday’s attack on a police party in north Kashmir’s Bandipora yesterday in which two cops were killed.

The DGP together with IGP Vijay Kumar Singh while talking to the media on the sidelines of his visit to the residence of one of the slain cop’s at Dangerpora Sopore, said police “have got the initial clues with regard to the attack and it is working to identify the involved militants”.

He said that yesterday’s attack on the policemen is clear indication of “frustration of the militants as they don’t want to see peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“They are looking for soft targets in order to create disturbances, however, every attempt of anti-national elements to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the UT would be firmly dealt with,” he added.

DGP said that such attacks won’t deter police and other security forces from counter-insurgency operations and police along with other security agencies will continue their anti-militancy operations in the Valley.

About the number of militants and OGWs active in north Kashmir, he said number of militants is less than what it used to be in the past.

“… but some recent infiltration has increased the number of foreign militants but we are tracking them and some have already been neutralised,” he informed.

The DGP consoled the family and expressed solidarity with them while praying for peace to the departed soul.

He assured that every support would be provided to the family of the slain cops.

DIG North Kashmir, SP Sopore and other senior police officers of the district also accompanied DGP at slain the cop’s house.

Pertinently, two cops Senior Grade Constable Muhammad Sultan Dar (driver), a resident of Dangerpora Sopore, and Constable Fayaz Ahmad Lone of Lalpora Lolab, Kupwara were killed in a militant attack in Gulshan chowk area of Bandipora on Friday evening.

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