Two private security guards of Jammu and Kashmir Bank were killed when suspected militants fired on their vehicle in Kralcheck area of Shopian district on Monday.
A police official said militants fired upon the Scorpio vehicle of J&K Bank between Pohju and Kralcheck area of Shopian this afternoon.
The vehicle was returning after dropping cash and weapons at Shadimarg branch of JK Bank in Shopian district, he said.
The official said two private guards of the bank travelling in the vehicle sustained injuries in the militant attack.
“They were taken to District Hospital Pulwama, where doctors declared them brought dead”, he said.
The official said there was no cash in the vehicle at the time of the militant attack.
The deceased guards were identified as Tariq Ahmed, 25, of Tomluhal Pulwama and Mushtaq Ahmed Shah son of Mohammad Ismail Shah, 30, of Khundroo village in Achabal area of Anantnag district.
Both the guards were employees of Honest security agency – a private security firm.
Mushtaq’s brother is working in police department and all his siblings, including two sisters are married. Mushtaq was yet to get married.
After the militant attack, police, army and paramilitary personnel laid siege around the area and launched combing and search operation to track down the militants responsible for the attack. However, no arrests were reported.
“We condemn the dastardly attack in which two bank guards Tariq Ahmed Bhat and Mustaq Ahmed Shah were killed,”
tweeted DIG south Kashmir Range, S P K Pani.
It is the second attack on J&K Bank cash vehicle this year.
On May 1 this year, five police men and two guards of Jammu and Kashmir Bank were killed when militants ambushed a cash van of the bank in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The militants had decamped with four rifles of the slain policemen.
Hizbul Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for the attack.