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LeT militant carried out Bandipora attack, says IGP Kashmir

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Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Saturday claimed that a Pakistani LeT militant carried out the attack on a police party in north Kashmir’s Bandipora yesterday in which two cops were killed.

Selectiongrade Constable Mohammad Sultan and Constable Fayaz Ahmad were killed in the attack at Gulshan Chowk area of the district yesterday.

News agency GNS quoted IGP Kashmir saying that a Pakistani militant of Lashker-e-Toiba carried out the attack “facilitated” by two OGWs. The IGP Kashmir, however, did not identify the militant or the OGWs.

“Investigation is underway,” he added.

A senior police officer further told GNS that based on CCTV footage of the attack “and other evidence”, police have learnt that the Pakistani militant fired upon the driver and one PSO guarding the concerned SHO and tried to snatch the rifle.

“But he couldn’t snatch the weapon due to retaliation by the PSO,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding of Army’s Kilo Force, Major General Sanjiv Singh Salaria on Saturday chaired a joint meeting of security officers in Bandipora, a day after militants killed two policemen in the district of north Kashmir.

Salaria along with IGP Kashmir visited the scene of the attack and reviewed operational works and instructed field officers to generate specific inputs and enhance anti-militancy operations in district, the news agency quoted a senior police officer as saying.

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