2 BSF men killed in hit-and-run attack on outskirts of Srinagar; weapons snatched

Two Indian troopers of Border Security Forces (BSF) were killed in a militant attack at Pandch on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Wednesday afternoon.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said that three bike-borne militants fired upon two BSF personnel at a shop near Naka party.

He said the BSF personnel had gone to buy something from a local shop when the bike-borne militants fired upon them. “One of the BSF soldiers died on the spot while the other was moved for medical treatment but he succumbed to his injuries at a hospital,” he said.

IGP confirmed that two weapons of the slain soldiers were also snatched by the militants. He also said the whole area has been cordoned to track down the militants early.

The two slain BSF personnel were identified as constable Rana Modol (Regt No. 098770133) and constable Jiaul Haque (Regt No. 130843597 CT). The troopers were part of C’ company of 37th Battalion BSF’, deployed as a part of Adhoc K- 7 Battalion BSF in Pandach area for law and order duty since August 2019.

The BSF said that militants took away the weapons of the soldiers. The attack took place a day after two militants were killed in a gunfight in the Nawa Kadal area of downtown Srinagar.

This is the third hit-and-run attack by militants in Kashmir Valley in the past 32 days. On April 18, three paramilitary CRPF personnel were killed in a militant attack in Sopore.

In the first week of this month, three CRPF personnel were killed in a similar attack in the Vangam area of Qaziabad in the Kupwara district.