Kashmiri politicians condemn the deadly attack in Baramulla’s Sopore area

The attack in Baramulla by suspected militants left at least two policemen and an equal number of civilians dead with many cops receiving injuries

Many Kashmiri politicians on Saturday condemned the attack by militants on security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district.

The political leaders including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, and Sajjad Ghani Lone criticized the attackers for the deadly attack, in which at least four causalities have so far been reported.

Mehbooba Mufti while talking to reporters said that such attacks defame the image of Kashmir in international community.

“Whether it is the gun of Delhi or our youth who have picked up arms, it cannot help us resolve the issue. Such incidents defame our Kashmir and give people reasons to use more force against commoners,” she said.

She added, “We believe that non-violence and dialogue is the solution to every problem.”

Mehbooba was speaking on the sidelines of her visit to Sweeper Colony Noorbagh Baramulla where an overnight fire had left 31 families homeless.

Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah described the attack as a “terrible news”, saying that ‘such attacks must be condemned without reservation’.

Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Terrible news coming in from Sopore. Such attacks must be condemned without reservation. Prayers for the injured & condolences to the families of the deceased.”

His party, National Conference said, “JKNC unequivocally condemns the killing of two cops and a civilian in Sopore today and prays that the bereaved families find enough strength to bear the irreparable loss. Government must ensure a stop to such brutal loss of lives.”

Reacting to the killings in the attack, Sajad Lone tweeted, “Five succumb in Sopore attack. 3 civilians and 2 police men. Mr gunmen— Approximately—5 Kashmiri funerals. 5 widows. 10 grieving old parents. A dozen or more orphans. All Kashmiris. So mr gunmen. Really want to know. Whose bloody side r u on.”

“When will this madness end. Gun came to Kashmir in 1989. 32 years down the line. I can unambiguously state. That gun enslaves the very people that it purports to fight for. The gunmen really need to ponder whose war they r fighting,” he added.

The attack by militants left at least two policemen and equal number of civilians dead with many cops receiving injuries.

The slain cops have been identified as Constable Wasim Ahmed Bhat son of Muhammad Saleem (657/IRP 3rd Battalion, a resident of Narbal Budgam and Constable Showkat Ahmed Parray son of Abdul Gani Parray (841/IRP 3rd Battalion) of Goripora Beerwah Budgam. A cop identified as Mukesh Kumar son of Bodhraj Kumar, a resident of Ramban, has been shifted to Srinagar-based 92 Base Army hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

On the other hand, the slain civilians were reportedly identified as Bashir Ahmed of Mehrajpora Sopore and Manzoor Ahmed Shalla, a resident of Shalimar Colony Sopore. Another injured civilian Tariq Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Nabi of Sopore who has abdomen injuries is undergoing treatment at SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

Reports reaching here said that militants after hurling a grenade, fired upon the police party, posted on a security check-point. During the attack, many civilians were passing through the area, which created panic in the town while the militants managed to fled away from the spot.

It is pertinent to mention that Director General of Police (DGP), Dilbagh Singh has said that militants from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit were involved in carrying out the attack.

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