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Mar 24, 2013 at 05:13pm IST

J&K: Civilian dead, policeman injured in Sopore shootout

Sopore: One civilian is dead and one policeman was critically injured on Sunday in a terrorist shootout in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore district. The incident happened when two police vehicles were passing through Iqbal Market area.

The terrorists opened fire at the police officials after they got down from their vehicle on seeing some traffic congestion. One policeman and one civilian received bullet injuries in the shootout. The civilian later succumbed to his injuries.

The attack comes three days after militants attacked a BSF convoy in the outskirts of Srinagar city, leaving a personnel dead and two others injured.

Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Imtiyaz Hussain said, "Militants opened firing on a police party while they were clearing the traffic jam in Iqbal market area in Sopore."

He said constable Kishor Kumar was hit by a bullet in the neck while an elderly civilian was also injured in the attack.

The militants snatched the service rifle of the injured cop before fleeing from the scene, he said. He added that the policemen exercised maximum restraint to avoid civilian casualties. Efforts on are to track down the assailants.

On March 13, Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, disguised as cricketers, had attacked a CRPF camp in Srinagar city, killing five of its personnel.

Two militants were killed in retaliatory action, while police arrested four persons including a Pakistani national in the course of investigations into the attack.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)