The attack is the third in three days; officer was shot at after he refused to give up rifle
Srinagar: A policeman was yesterday killed as militants struck at the security guards of a former MLA in Pulwama district, two days after three cops were gunned down in twin attacks in capital Srinagar.
Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police Personnel inspecting the spot where terrorists attacked and killed the policeman, at Pulwama district. Pic/PTI
The incident took place in Monghama village where the former National Conference MLA Ghulam Mohiuddin had gone to attend a marriage function, police said. His Personal Security Officer (PSO) Shabir Ahmad and another guards were waiting in a private car outside the venue when three pistol-borne terrorists struck, a police officer said.
The terrorists tried to snatch the service rifle from the PSO, which led to a scuffle, the officer said, adding in the process, Ahmad received minor injuries on the face. Terrorists then fired a few shots, resulting in injuries to constable Riyaz Ahmad Ganie. He was hit in the throat and succumbed to his injuries later at a hospital, the officer said.
The terrorists fled from the site along with the weapon of the PSO taking advantage of the panic, which followed the shooting, he said. A hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists and recover the weapon, the officer said. No terror outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the incident.
On Monday, two policemen were killed by terrorists in an attack at Zadibal locality of Srinagar. Another policeman, who was guarding a protected person, was shot dead at Tengpora locality of the city the same day and his service rifle was also snatched.